Populis 2018 'Wabi Sabi' White Blend
Item Number: 13215
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Grape(s): 35% Chardonnay / 30% Chenin Blanc / 25% Sauvignon Blanc / 10 % French Colombard
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravelly loam
Case Production: 405
Soils: Venturi Vineyard is located just north of Ukiah, in the Calpella Valley, on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. These highly regarded soils contain a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz formed from alluvial flows. Barra, DeAnda, and Inland Vineyard are located in Redwood Valley. The red soils of Redwood Valley and the cooler climate compared to surrounding regions make this an ideal region for growing white grape varieties.
Farming: Larry Venturi is a 3rd generation farmer tending to vines planted on his family's historic site in Calpella (Ukiah). Planted in the late 1940’s, his nearly 70 year-old vineyard is one of California’s oldest sources of organic Sauvignon blanc. The Barra Vineyard Chardonnay was planted in 1972 and has been farmed organically since it was planted. The organically farmed Inland and DeAnda Vineyard French Colombard and Chenin blanc were originally planted to Carignane in the late 1940’s and T-budded to French Colombard in the early 1960s.
Vinification: Whole clusters were pressed directly. The juice was allowed to settle overnight and decanted off the grape solids. Each of the fermentations for the different varieties were fermented separately. No sulfur was added prior to the indigenous alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. The final blend was put together in early March after 6 months of aging on the lees. No fining or filtration has taken place. The Chenin blanc received 15ppm Sulfur addition after malolactic fermentation finished in December of 2018. All the other wines were vinified sans-soufre, meaning that the total sulfur addition to the wine was 4.5ppm.
Tasting Notes: A Cheverny-inspired blend, the mouthfeel is characterized by laser-like acidity, while the aromas and flavors strike a balance between greenness and riper opulence, resulting in a style that is uniquely Californian, yet with an old-world approach. The old-vines give this wine an additional dimension of depth and complexity. The minimalistic approach in the cellar lends a wine that is highly drinkable and digestible.