2013 NADIA Quattro is here!

NadiaQuattro13We are thrilled to announce the release of the second vintage of our charitably-focused wine, the 2013 NADIA Quattro! We are especially excited about the promise of this vintage, with it’s marked similarities to that of the 2012 vintage. The vines enjoyed a little more warmth, which translated into a slightly heavier than ideal crop. To retain balance and even ripening, we balanced the crop load by dropping a percentage of the fruit on the ground and we’re glad we did. We also took an extra measure in 2013 and added more cross arms to our trellis system, lending dimpled lighting for a cooler fruit zone with even ripening, ideal color and no sunburn. As a result, the Quattro blend is beautifully expressive, balanced and extracted.

All lots of the wines destined for the Quattro blend were destemmed and crushed in 5 and 10 ton fermentors. Maceration was extended to 30 days to soften tannins and develop complexity. Mid-way through fermentation, the wine was racked and returned to maximize color and extraction. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Grenache and Petite Sirah were all crushed and fermented separately and blended at 10 months, then returned to barrel for an additional 10 months of aging. We finished the blend off with 18 months of aging time in 30% new French oak, 20% new American oak and the remaining 50% in neutral French oak.

What really makes this wine special, is that it marks the second year of our first-ever charitable wine! We carefully select two local non-profits each year and split a dollar from the sale of each bottle between the two. Last year we donated to our local Woods Humane Society and Family Care Network and with this vintage we are donating the designated proceeds to the San Luis Obispo chapters of Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics. Last year we produced 450 cases of the Quattro and this year we are releasing 740 cases. That means we will donate a whopping $4,440 to each charity this year!

We are so grateful to have had such a supportive community (and wine club members!) behind us for all these years (30+!) and we feel even luckier to have the opportunity to give back to this community. After all, we are only as successful as our patrons and community members are. Do you have suggestions for our next charities? Drop us a line at info@laetitiawine.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Buy now: 2013 NADIA Quattro

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