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Mais Fica Organic Rhone style wine Marty and Eileen Blair

Mais Fica Winery - Marty and Eileen

As a clinical chemist, Marty has always found the chemistry of winemaking to be fascinating. He has strengthened his winemaking skills by attending classes in the enology program at UC Davis. He has gained further experience as an active member in the El Dorado County Grape Growers Association, the California Association of Grape Growers (CAWG), and the El Dorado Home Winemakers Association.

The Mais Fica estate vineyard is situated in the Northern California Sierra foothills, half way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Located in the Pleasant Valley district of Placerville, at an elevation of 2500’, surrounded by pines and oaks.  A snow covered peak of the Crystal Basin mountain range accentuates our beautiful setting and vineyards.

Their ten acre estate was purchased in 2001 and preparations commenced for establishing a vineyard. In the spring of 2003 the first 2.5 acres were cleared and prepared for planting. A Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) trellising system was put in place and drip irrigation installed.  VSP allows for maximum light and air penetration to the fruiting zone which will enable full ripeness.

In the spring of 2004 approximately 2000 dormant rootstocks consisting of 110R, 1103P and 140R were planted. The vineyard is laid out on fairly steep south facing slopes.

Mais Fica Winery - Marty and EileenIn the fall of 2004 field grafting of budwood took place. Two clones of TCVS (Tablas Creek Vintage Select) Mourvedre and Grenache were chosen. Tablas Creek Vineyard, located in Paso Robles, California, has been instrumental in bringing Rhone varietals from Chateau de Beaucastel, a famous vineyard located in southern France in the area of Chatenauneuf-du-Pape, to California.

Mais Fica's two clones of Grenache are like two different animals. Clone A produces a light-colored, fruity wine that is excellent for use in our french-style Rosé wine. Clone B produces a much deeper colored wine with luscious notes of cherry and strawberry which we use for our separate varietal wine.

The Mouvedre Clone A produces a deep colored wine with aromas of earth, leather and game. In June of 2009 they grafted TCVS Clone C Syrah on all of the Mourvedre Clone B vines. Syrah allows Mais Fica to produce a full Chateauneuf du Pape style wine. The 2011 Festa GSM was our first release of our flagship GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend

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