Martha Stoumen Wines 2018 Nero d'Avola, Mendocino County

Martha Stoumen Wines 2018 Nero d'Avola, Mendocino County

Item Number: 14326

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Nero d'Avola
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Vineyard Notes:
- 62% Benson Ranch Vineyard in Ukiah, Mendocino County ; 14-year-old dry farmed (no irrigation) vines; farmed according to organic principles without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides.
- 38% Fox Hill Vineyard in Talmage Bench, Mendocino County ; 33-year-old vines (as far as we know the oldest Nero d’Avola in CA); farmed without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides.

Winemaking Notes: Nero d’Avola fruit was destemmed and fermented in concrete tank until dry. Grapes were pressed and put to neutral barrel on lees. After 12 months the wine was racked off lees and vineyard components were blended before being put back to barrel for a total of 18 months barrel aging.

Tasting Notes: Intoxicating nose; versatile and balanced with both bright acidity and dark forest fruit; dusty tannins that are approachable now, but this wine can also be aged; elegant and precise.

Martha Stoumen's Notes: "The beauty of Nero d’Avola is its Chiaroscuro-like nature: brightness from its ability to hold onto acidity in warm Mediterranean climates, and darkness from its characteristic forest fruits. I spent a very impactful vintage working with this grape at COS in Sicily, so the fact that Nero d’Avola even exists in California—AND I get to work with it in both the vineyard and cellar—makes my heart happy. While everyone else is clamoring for cool climate sites along coastal California, I am proud to be looking inland, where the hotter climate and shorter spring season make low-input farming a reality. I still want to make elegant wines, so it just means thinking outside of the box with the choice of varieties. Nero d’Avola is a perfect natural fit."

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  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (12/15/2020)

    Plenty of charm here, with dense, toothsome and rustic tannins setting the backbone for blackberry, huckleberry and dried blueberry flavors. Details include a thread of minerality, roasted herb and dried violets, but it's the mouthwatering juiciness, and fresh aromatics that linger on the long finish. Drink now through 2035.