2014 Block 24 Primitivo


Hendry Block 24 is located on bench lands west of the town of Napa.  This 1.96 acre block is approximately 200 feet above sea level and has thin, stony Boomer series soils. The maritime climate is moderated by morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay.   The vines were planted in 1997 using St. George roots and grafted with U.C.D. Primitivo Clone 3.  The vines are spaced 6.9’ x 5’, cordon trained and spur pruned.  A vertical trellis system supports the cordon and the canopy.

In 2014, bud break in Blocks 10 and 24 occurred March 23rd.  Median bloom was May 15th.  Harvest was September 2nd with an average yield of 2.9 tons per acre.  Alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately ten days in closed stainless steel fermentation tanks. After completing alcoholic fermentation, the wine was pressed and put into barrels for malolactic fermentation.  Aging was fifteen months in French oak barrels, approximately one third of which were new.

Deep ruby-purple color.  Primitivo from the Hendry Ranch yields dense, purple-ruby wines, driven by pronounced deep berry fruit. Initial aromatics of berries, spice and jam in this wine. Soft, spicy fruit and semi-sweet chocolate on the palate, gentle tannins. Our favorite pairings for Primitivo are hard cheeses like Manchego or Pecorino, Mediterranean flavors that go big on flavor intensity but easy on the fat, and chocolate.

Wine Specs

Alcohol: 15.7
TA: 6.55
VA: .73
Cases Produced: 471