Our block of Aglianico at French Camp Vineyard thrives in one of the warmest sections of the Paso Robles AVA. Often the last fruit to be picked in any given harvest, it ripens slowly and retains beautiful freshness and acidity at relatively low sugars. Thick-skinned and intense, its brooding dark fruit dominates avors produced early in fermentation. As the intensity subsides, oral and nuanced spice aromas emerge.
Another great vintage from French Camp, the 2014 Aglianico has a nose of violet, game, rosemary blue-raspberry candy and toast. stretched across it’s earthy core. Its structured palate displays loads of blackberry, cocoa, hibiscus tea, tobacco and black pepper. This wine begs for grilled red meat – particularly Lamb.
French Camp Vineyard Alluvial soils composed of sandy loam soil. Elevation is approximately 1600 feet. The Miller family purchased this property in 1973 and has been selling their grapes since 1976. The Aglianico was originally planted for Randall Graham’s Bonny Doon wines. Today there is only 1 acre of Aglianico at French Camp. The property is SIP certied and employs a falconer at harvest (instead of netting), uses compost teas, and uses cover crops. Rainfall is scarce (even for Paso Robles), so irrigation management is key to keeping the berries small.
Giornata was born out of Brian & Stephanie Terrizzi's shared passion for Italian wine and central California's incredible winegrowing potential. Employing the sensibility and philosophy of Italian winemaking, the two produce highly-acclaimed Italian varietal wines in Paso Robles, where these grapes thrive.
Brian's love for Italian wine stems from his lifelong love for Italian food & culture, as well as a fascination with his own Italian heritage. After working for respected Zinfandel producer Rosenblum Cellars, he traveled to Italy to work with the famous Paolo DeMarchi at Isole e Olena in Tuscany. Brian's experience there provided him with a great deal of insight into Italian winemaking. Brian has also spent harvests at Redcar and Sinor-Lavallee. In addition to handling winemaking duties for Giornata, Brian is the founder, owner, and winemaker for Broadside.
In addition to her long held passion for wine, Stephanie Terrizzi's background in restaurant management and predilection for science inspired her to pursue a Certificate in Viticulture from the Santa Rosa Junior College and a degree in Enology, Chemistry, and Plant Science from Fresno State. During her studies, she gained winemaking experience at various wineries, while also experimenting with growing grapes in her own backyard. She is currently managing the small west-side Paso Robles vineyard Luna Matta and is doing vineyard consulting for one of the country's top young female winemakers. Stephanie recently planted Giornata's estate vineyard and is also an owner and viticulturalist for Broadside.