2018 Mendocino County "Solid + Sensible" Red Field Blend
Grapes: 25% Syrah / 25% Roussanne / 20% Zinfandel / 20% Marsanne / 10% Viognier
Vineyards: Poor Ranch for the reds and Bonofiglio for the whites (both vineyards are CCOF certified). Located in the town of Hopland, these neighboring vineyards couldn’t be more different. Poor Ranch is an expansive, rugged site with over 100 acres of dry-farmed vines dedicated to Syrah, Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel. The three members of the Poor family are 4th and 5th generation farmers who tend to this massive plot of land without any outside help. The property is hilly, the terrain is challenging, and the views are phenomenal. Bonofiglio is a small (7 acre!) low elevation vineyard tucked behind Poor Ranch. The vines are farmed by Glenn McGourty, an academic who primarily works as a plant science advisor for the UC system. He is passionate about farming and grapes, specifically Rhône varietals. The property is dedicated to Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. Glenn farms totally organically and is working towards Demeter certification.
AVA: Mendocino County
Vines: The Syrah and Zinfandel come from 50+ year old vines and are dry-farmed with no irrigation, chemicals, or fans for frost protection. All of the vines are head pruned with no trellises. The trellised vines of Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier are grown down the hill in Russian River loam soil.
Method: This cuvée is a mashup of three separate lots. The first is a coferment of whole cluster Syrah, Marsanne and Viognier (both destemmed) that was left on the skins for 3 weeks. The second is a blend of Syrah and Zin - the Syrah went carbonic for a month and the whole clusters of Zin were left on the skins for 2 ½ weeks. The third is a blend of Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne - the Viognier went carbonic for 2 weeks before being pressed together with the later-ripening Marsanne and Roussanne. After 7 months elevage in neutral barrels and numerous blending trials, we decided that the respective lots tasted better together than separately, so we made the solid and sensible decision to put it all into one crushable red. We racked everything into a stainless tank for 2 months before we bottled the blend unfined, unfiltered, and with no SO2. Chill down for best results.
Case Production: 490 cases & 85 kegs! That’s how much we like it.