Padrone is produced in honor of Ray Signorello Sr., a visionary whose life was as full of character as our wines. Padrone is a wine that expresses the utmost quality of the Estate. The grapes for this complex proprietary red wine are sourced from two extremely rocky parts of the estate vineyard with yields of only a mere 1.3 tons per acre.
Aromas of coffee, raspberry creme, and dark chocolate arise from the glass. Second aromas of fresh tilled soil and black cherries add to the complex nose. On the palate, the rich mouth-feel is layered with flavors, raspberries, and dark chocolate. Toasty oak and a touch of vanilla enhance the well integrated tannins and impressive length. This is a balanced wine with power and grace.
Traditional French winemaking practices, native yeast fermentations, extended maceration (each lot averaged 30 days on the grape skins) and pump-over’s twice a day. The 2010 vintage aged for 20 months in 75% new Troncais, Nevers and Alliers oak (thin-staved, medium-plus toast Chateau Ferre barrels). Tonnelleries: Tarransaud, Saury, Darnajou, and Nadalie. To preserve fruit intensity and body, the wine was not filtered prior to bottling on May 12th, 2012.
A wet winter after the three previous dry years pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by three weeks. Luckily, due to a lot of cloud cover, we had very little frost alerts and no frost damage. Early summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, so we had a slightly later than average veraison. Towards the end of August, we were suddenly faced with a triple digit heat spike, but good canopy management kept damage to a minimum. Overall, the 2010 vintage looks to be smaller than in years past, but with excellent fruit quality.