Terroir vs. Typicity – An EDWA Passport Adventure!

Thank you to those of you who joined us for EDWA Passport 2015.  We hope that you enjoyed your visit!  We designed this page so that you can find copies of the recipes we used to pair with our wines, and to find copies of the information we presented through out your visit.  The focus of Passport 2015 was “Tasting at a Higher Level”, as well as the terroir that are special to the vineyards in the El Dorado County Appellation.

At Madroña, we focused on the concept of Typicity vs. Terroir and how each impacts the wines that you enjoy!

Terroir vs Typicity

Soil Types

Passport2015 - 17 of 28One of the major contributors to terroir is the soil type.  Between Madroña, Enyé, Sumu Kaw, Cardanini, and the new Rucksack property, we have four major soil types.

Aiken Series—Aiken Loam (depth: 6+ feet)

This is a well-drained, deep soil underlain by weathered andesitic conglomerate. Reddish-brown on the surface layer, it is a medium acid loam with a strongly acidic clay loam a deeper depths. The water holding capacity is moderately high.

Madroña Vineyards—pH: 6.4—The higher acidity of this soil provides for focused varietal characters with and elegant mouthfeel. Very fertile and deep, the root systems of the vines run 5+ feet through the soil profile.

Cohasset Series—Cohasset Cobbly Loam (depth: 4 feet)

This is a well-drained, shallower soil underlain by weathered andesitic conglomerate. Reddish-brown to brown on the surface layer, the soil is slightly acidic to medium acidity at deeper depths. The water-holding capacity is moderate.

Enyé Vineyards—pH: 6.4— The higher acidity of this soil provides for focused varietal characters with and elegant mouthfeel. Less fertile and slightly rockier than the Aiken series, the root zone of the vine is shallower (2-3 feet) with more dependence on the farming of the top layer of soil.

Josephine Series—(depth: 3-5 feet)

This is a well-drained soil underlain by vertically tilted schists, slates and contact metamorphic rock. The surface layer is yellowish-brown to reddish-brown, with medium acid to strongly acidic slightly deeper. The lowest part of the soil is very strongly acid silty clay loam. The water-holding capacity is moderate.

Sumu Kaw Vineyards—pH: 6.5— The higher acidity of this soil provides for focused varietal characters with and elegant mouthfeel. Less fertile and much more rocky than the Aiken series, the root zone of the vine is shallow (2 feet) with more dependence on the farming of the top layer of soil.

Mariposa Series—(depth: 2 feet)

This is a well-drained soil underlain by vertically tilted schists, slates and contact metamorphic rock. The surface layer is a medium acid gravelly silt loam with a strongly acid silt loam deeper. The water holding capacity is very low.

 

2015 Wine Pairings

To highlight the terroir of our three vineyard properties, we selected wines from each of the vineyards.  The foods we paired with each of the wines are as follows:

2013 Dry Riesling, Signature Collection – Madroña VineyardsPassport2015 - 6 of 28

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup pdf

 2012 Malbec, Signature Collection – Enyé Vineyards

l’Oeuf Meurette (Poached Eggs in Malbec)

2009 New-World Port Futures

Bay Blue Cheese by Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

Find it at Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville

2014 New-World Port Futures – Sumu Kaw Vineyards

Walnut Cake

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