Not the ripe, oily blockbusters that typify this blend. It tastes like an Arnold Palmer infused with herbs, which, now that you bring it up sounds like a great idea for a cocktail...
A blend of Marsanne and Roussanne in almost equal proportions, this wine is unassuming. This is the kid in high school who was teased and then shows up at your reunion in an Aston Martin. Don't overlook/miss this wine. It's extremely unique and can work in variety of settings. It's also cloudy, but don't worry about that. It's part of the charm.
Pro Tip:Drink with a professional golfer...just kidding. When it's cold it'll go down like an Arnold Palmer after a day on the links; serve it at cellar temp and the subtle herbal/savory components will come to the party.
Vineyard - Like the wine, this vineyard could be overlooked by the untrained eye. One might drive right past Bonofiglio Vineyard and not think much of it. It's a seven acre plot planted on what used to be the Russian River in the town of Hopland. The soils are known as Russian River loam. This is grower Glenn McGourtey's passion project with his family. By day he's the UC Cooperative Extension Plant Science Advisor for Mendocino County, which makes Glenn a wealth of knowledge. It’s always fun to shoot the breeze with him (usually on the tailgate of the pickup truck post sampling) while we have a drink and get schooled on viticulture. Much of Glenn’s work in academia has been dedicated to researching Mediterranean varietals, so it’s apropos that his vineyard is planted to Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. If Glenn has multiple glasses of wine, he'll break down and admit that he’s one of the Country’s foremost experts on Rhone varietals (a category near and dear to our hearts). His knowledge, humility, good nature and respect for the land shine through in the wine. This vineyard is CCOF certified Organic, and Glenn is striving to become Demeter certified Biodynamic.
Method - Picked together right around 20 brix and then co-fermented, we broke convention by picking before the fruit was expressing its typical varietal character. While it’s certainly more subtle than the more common riper styles, it's a unique lens through which to view these varieties. The wine could even be considered “rippin” relative to its voluptuous relatives in the world of Rhone whites. Most of the wine is direct pressed, half fermented in neutral French oak, half fermented in stainless tank. 10% of the Roussanne undergoes carbonic maceration adding texture and bright fruit. Homogenized together after 5 months of elevage, this wine is really a unique character. You wouldn't nail it in a blind tasting, but who cares because it tastes amazing.
Unfined, unfiltered and untouched. No sulfur is harmed in the making of this wine - 177 cases produced / 11.8% Alcohol