Martha Stoumen 2019 Carignan, Ricetti Vineyard, Mendocino County
Item Number: 16258
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Carignan
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Gravelly loam
Case Production: 158
Vineyard Notes: The Ricetti Carignan vines are large, head-trained, 73-year-old vines, and the vineyard resembles a small forest, with shoots reaching far overhead. It’s a vineyard where you can find shade underneath the canopy, as if you were sitting below a miniaturized old oak. Tom and Pamela Ricetti are serious about their winter compost application, so not only is the canopy forest-like, but the rich topsoil is reminiscent of the spongy duff of a forest floor. Ricetti Vineyard is dry farmed and was planted in 1948.
Vinification Notes: Carignan was harvested by hand, kept whole-cluster, and fermented in an open-top stainless steel tank. A few bins of grapes were foot tread to encourage the onset of fermentation, while the remaining majority of the whole-clusters were loaded on top. During early stages of fermentation, gentle body punch downs and short pump overs were used in order to limit extraction. The Ricetti Carignan was pressed just prior to reaching dryness, ensuring that the tannin extracted would lean toward the delicate, softer expression of the variety as the wine finished fermentation in barrel. The wine spent a full 24 months in neutral French oak barrels before final blending and bottling.
Tasting Notes: This is a special wine that Martha Stoumen doesn't make every year. Compared to the wild, earthy flavors of Venturi, Ricetti Carignan invites us to dance in a more delicate dimension. Smells like stepping into a sauna, crumbling dried rose petals, and breaths of dry mountain air. A silky body offers a taste of cinnamon and sunny red currant. "While the Venturi Vineyard Carignan reminds me of Gamay, the Ricetti Vineyard Carignan reminds me of Pinot Noir." - Martha Stoumen
Sulfites: Free SO2 5 mg/L, total SO2 32 mg/L.