Winemaker Tony Coltrin ensures that the Hangtime wines embody the essence of Hangtime. His winemaking philosophy focuses on developing balance and harmony in his wines, as he does in his life.
Hangtime wines have the authentic expression and laid-back approachability that can only come from the Golden State. Grapevines take deep root in the diverse soils up and down the coast of California, where vineyards are bathed by warm sun and cooled by ocean breezes. This combination develops the perfect balance between ripe flavor and bright acidity in grapes as they spend extra days—optimum hangtime—on the vine.
From rugged mountain slopes to windswept coastal plains, from gentle, sunny foothills to foggy river valleys, California wine country is dramatic, diverse and stands among the best winegrowing regions of the world. Long, sunny days ripen wine grapes to vibrant fruit expression, while chilly nights and ocean breezes maintain their bright natural acidity. We source Hangtime wines from select spots where this combination of sunny days and cool nights slows ripening for a long, steady growing season. The longer growing season means that grape clusters spend a higher than average number of days hanging on the vine—an extended “hangtime” results in complex, perfectly balanced wines.
Trace the life cycle of a vine to understand “Hangtime”:
Budbreak—in mid-March, green buds burst forth from the winter vines and send out tender shoots.
Flowering—40 to 80 days after budbreak tiny flowers appear at the end of the shoots.
Fruit Set—just after flowering, the flower forms a seed; next, a grape starts to form around the seed to protect it.
Veraison—all varieties of young grapes are hard and green; 40 to 50 days after fruit set, during veraison, they begin to ripen with sugar, softening and developing color according to variety. This marks the beginning of a cluster’s “hangtime!”
Harvest—grapes are picked, marking the end of “hangtime” and the end of their life cycle.