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September 7, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

What the Heck is Trousseau Gris?

Planted in 1981, this Russian River Valley vineyard is home to the last plantings of Trousseau Gris in the US. Gaining access to Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard's scarce fruit is like finding the holy grail. 

A photo of Trousseau Gris being brought in to the winery.

Just off of the old Wood Road in the town of Fulton is the Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard in Sonoma County. It is dry-farmed and has been hand-tended by the Fanucchi family for the last 29 years.

A photo of Trousseau Gris on the vine.

The Fanucchis have raised the gnarled, head-trained vines from ground level to chest height to provide greater sun exposure and air circulation, enhancing the production of high-quality, old vine fruit. Planted in sandy loam soil and organically farmed, these precious vines exist not only because they are important to the world of viticulture, but because they are essential to the Fanucchi legacy. 

A photo of Peter Fanucchi in the Trousseau Gris block.

Peter's role as a grape grower started in childhood, working alongside his father Arcangelo who had long dreamt of farming grapes and had purchased an old Italian field blend vineyard in the early 1970s. After discovering some existing plantings of Trousseau Gris thriving in their vineyard, they together decided to plant a small block in 1981. But just three years later, before a single harvest, Arcangelo suddenly and tragically passed, leaving a 21-year-old Peter to carry on their shared legacy.

We’re really grateful to be a part of it.

A photo of Peter Fanucchi dropping off bins of Trousseau Gris from his 1969 truck.

Interested? You’re in luck. We harvested the highly coveted Fanucchi Trousseau Gris on September 1st, 2021, some of the first fruit we brought in for last year’s harvest. After spending 1 year in neutral oak barrels, we released what can only be described as the best Trousseau Gris we've ever made. 

A photo of Occhiali da Sole being held at Dr. Wilkinson's Resort in Calistoga, Ca.

Perfect for lounging in the last of the late-summer sun, Occhiali da Sole is a reminder to throw on some rose-colored shades and let all your troubles melt away. The color of a peachy-orange sunset with enticing aromas of rosewater and zesty citrus, this wine draws you in from the moment it hits your glass. On the palate, we get these mouth-watering flavors of lychee, earl grey tea, and a touch of cranberry. The balanced acidity with a slightly textural tannin structure makes this wine an ideal pairing for shellfish, poolside fare, or watching the sun disappear over the horizon.

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