Martha Stoumen Wines 2018 Zinfandel, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County
Item Number: 13484
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Venturi Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Zinfandel
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.7
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Pinole gravelly loam
Case Production: 462
Vineyard Notes: Venturi Vineyard is a dry farmed and organic vineyard in Mendocino County. It is located just north of Ukiah in the Calpella Valley on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. This is the first year Martha has made Zinfandel from Venturi Vineyard. The Zinfandel vines are young (~15 years), but the land has been growing vines for over 100 years, so the young vine characteristics are less apparent. The soil is the same rocky spine (former Russian riverbed) as the old vine Carignan block. Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz, these deep, well-drained soils were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist-sized stones along the way.
Tasting Notes: This wine has a compelling aroma of tamarind-chili candy, white pepper, wet stone, and charcuterie. All enticing you to take a sip where you will find flavors of spiced plum, black tea, and sun-baked jam.
Winemaking Notes: This Zinfandel is fermented in the same way as the Venturi Vineyard Carignan. A small portion of whole clusters are foot tread and placed in the bottom of the tank. Then un-tread whole clusters are put on top. The grapes are foot-tread or manually punched down for about a week until things are soft enough to gently pump over. Because grapes are broken up slowly over time, sugars are also released slowly rather than all at once, resulting in a slower fermentation. Racking occurs about 60% through fermentation followed by a 28-day maceration before pressing. The wine ages in neutral barrels for 12 months on lees, is racked, and bottled. The minimal SO2 found in this wine is due to spot sulfuring specific barrels in the lot during the year of aging.