Martha Stoumen 2021 Carignan, Ricetti Vineyard, Mendocino County
Item Number: 17859
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Ricetti Vineyard
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravelly loam
Case Production: 534
Martha's Note: "The Ricetti family planted this plot in the 1940s and through the ups and downs over many decades (and especially over the last few years), the fact that these 75-year-old head-trained Carignan vines continue to persevere—and shine!—is remarkable and again highlights just how hard farming is. A late frost in 2020 severely limited the 2021 yield from this vineyard and made harvesting feel more like a multiple-day scavenger hunt (some vines produced ample fruit, some not at all), but you wouldn’t guess that from how balanced this wine is today. Carignan holds a special place in our portfolio as one of California’s shining underdog varietals. Each time we sit down to drink this wine as a team, we are steeped in gratitude for our home."
Tasting Notes: Soft tannin and stimulating acidity rise to meet this deeply fruited, social wine. Carignan from this beloved site carries the energy of a moonlit blackberry harvest and a cup of cinnamon tea. California’s answer to Cru Beaujolais.
Vineyard Notes: Carignan from Ricetti Vineyard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County; planted in 1948; head trained, dry farmed (non-irrigated), practicing organic vineyard; gravelly loam soils
Winemaking Notes: Whole clusters (stems intact) of Carignan fermented in stainless steel. A mixture of punchdowns and pumpovers were used to gently extract tannin. The wine was pressed prior to dryness and aged in neutral oak barriques for 9 months. Unfined. Unfiltered. Sediment expected.