Dark rose or light red? This dry farmed old vine Nouveau style wine from Mendocino is a blend of Charbono 41% Zinfandel 31% Carignan 18% Petite Sirah 10%. Notes of pomegranate and red apple dominate the nose while the palate shows raspberry, cinnamon applesauce, purple sage, vibrant acidity and some tingly tannins to bring it all home.
Winemaker note: "A Nouveau is born! Nouveau is the name given to the first wine of the vintage. The style originated out of Beaujolais, just south of Burgundy where they make wines from Gamay Noir using the technique carbonic maceration. In carbonic maceration, open top tanks that have been inertized with carbon dioxide are filled with whole cluster grapes and then sealed for a number of days. The way the early natural winemaker Jules Chauvet employed the technique in the mid-20th century was to drain the juice that seeped out of the clusters from the tanks daily. He did this because that juice that would be in contact with the stems and skins thus extracting too much tannin and color; making a bigger wine than he intended."