This is natural, fresh and fun wine and gives a great introduction to the movement. THe nose shows fresh squeezed blueberry, rose hip, light minerality and some briary black berry. The palate is moderate in weight with zingy acidity around a core of blue and black fruits complicated by just there spice. Delicious, maybe put a light chill on this!
Martha Stoumen Wines was founded upon the desire to recapture a farming and winemaking culture that has all but faded away: a winemaking culture of patience. "For my wines I lease and farm around half of the vineyards myself. The other half are farmed by multi-generation farmers who understand their land, and their family's land, far better than I ever will, and who farm with my same philosophies in mind. Patience in the vineyard means composting rather than adding synthetic fertilizers, allowing predatory insects the ability to outcompete pests rather than spraying insecticides, and doing proper handwork, such as pruning for vine longevity rather than high yields. In the cellar I use a minimalist winemaking approach. Patience in the cellar means letting the natural yeast and bacteria present on the grape skins perform fermentation, and allowing longer macerations and aging to provide stability rather than using added tannin, acid, or stabilizing agents in my wines. Above all, I strive to make wines that are delicious, joyful, and truly representative of California."
50% Zinfandel, 50% Carignan . California · 1540 cases Notes of ripe blackberry and dried plum balance more herbaceous characteristics of pine and rosemary; plenty of fruit but just enough structure; a buoyant wine that will lift up your palate rather than weigh it down. Best at cellar temp (around 55-60 degrees).
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