2019 Patatino Nouveau

50% Nero d’Avola, 42% Zinfandel, 8% Valdiguie
California | 252 cases

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Vineyard notes
Zinfandel: Del Barba Vineyard, Contra Costa County; planted in 1960; grown without pesticides and herbicides; dry farmed.

Nero d’Avola: Fox Hill Vineyard, 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. 

Tasting notes
Bright aromas of apricot preserves, flint, and raspberry turn into wild blackberries and sweet tobacco on the palate. A jubilant and lively wine, reminiscent of the 2019 harvest. 

Martha’s notes
This wine is a celebration of everything new, especially our newest addition to the family -- our little Patatino!  It seemed fitting to release our first nouveau the same year that we had our first child, a different kind of harvest. Fun fact: Patatino means little potato in Italian and is what some Italian mamas call their babes. Traditionally nouveau is a celebration of the end of harvest in France’s Beaujolais region. As a nod to the winemaking techniques of Beaujolais Nouveau production, we fermented a portion of the Nero d’Avola using carbonic maceration (whole cluster grapes, sealed into a tank filled with carbon dioxide). The resulting wine is fresh, fruit-forward, low in tannin, and ready for early consumption. With this release we also celebrate all of the bounty that the 2019 season brought us -- grapes came in super healthy and in high numbers! We wanted to capture this quality of the 2019 harvest, and nouveau is a great way to take a vintage snapshot before the wine is influenced by aging. 

Label art: Martha’s husband, Jon Patch. 

12% alcohol. No SO2 added. All wines are vegan.

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