Syllabification: (ten·du) Pronunciation: /tänˈdo͞o, täNdY/
adjective [postpositive] Ballet (of a position) stretched out or held tautly:battement tendu
Origin: 1920–25; < French: stretched, past participle of tendre to stretch, extend
|Winery||Matthiasson Family Vineyard|
|Varietal(s)||38% Barbera, 23% Montepulciano, 26% Aglianico, and 13% mixed blacks|
Our fifth year of Tendu red wine is a mix of Barbera, Aglianico, and Montepulciano from two sites, both with weathered, pink gravelly alluvium, very low fertility soils (Corning Series). The Barbera comes from the Muller Vineyard and the Aglianico and Montepulciano come from the Windmill Vineyard, both farmed organically. The vineyards are located outside of Woodland (Yolo County; Dunnigan Hills AVA). They are of moderate elevation and it gets quite warm during the day. 2017 was a bit of a respite from the previous warm vintages that had us picking in early August. We were able to wait a little bit longer this go around and start picking August 30th and again on September 12th.
For the second time, Barbera is dominant in the blend and it contributes vibrant natural acidity. The dry weather keeps the fruit very healthy, allowing us to use minimal sulfites in the vineyard.
Fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel, inoculated with yeast from the Piave region of Italy, aged in neutral barrels for five months with no sulfur added. Unfiltered.