Patatino Nouveau 2021
67% Pinot Noir, 33% Petite Sirah
Dicesare Pinot noir was hand-harvested on September 9, 2021. We fermented the grapes 100% whole cluster for two days in stainless steel tanks and then pressed the just-fermenting fruit for a lightly extracted red. Bricarelli Petite Sirah was hand-harvested on August 26, 2021. We also fermented the Petite Sirah grapes 100% whole cluster in stainless steel. With a nod to winemaking in Beaujolais, we sealed the tank for a brief carbonic maceration. After two days we opened the tank, drained the just-fermenting juice, and pressed the remaining clusters. The wine was aged briefly in barrel; once primary and malolactic fermentation finished, we blended the Pinot noir and Petite Sirah together to form our 2021 Nouveau.
Pinot noir from Dicesare Vineyard in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County. This organic, dry-farmed (non-irrigated) vineyard is located next to Hawkeye Ranch (our Chardonnay) and farmed by the same family. Across from the rows of Pinot noir is the Johnson Family’s pear orchard, which ripens just before (and sometimes during!) the grape harvest.
Petite Sirah from Bricarelli Ranch, Mendocino County; planted in 2005; dry farmed (no irrigation); farmed by us using only organic products; no use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers; gravelly loam soils.
The first taste of harvest 2021 is all savory with our moodiest Patatino Nouveau to date. This hazy expression of Pinot and Petite Sirah drinks more like a slightly wild Poulsard than the richer fruit of Nouveau’s past, but is no less jubilant. Patatino’s lightweight body, bright acidity, and slight spritz keeps you lifted from Nouveau day to New Year’s.
Expect an exciting new take on this Nouveau vintage as it is our first wine using Pinot noir grapes under the Martha Stoumen Wines label. It’s still lightweight and all play.
I made the first vintage of this wine in 2019 to celebrate the birth of my son, August (aka Patatino), who is always in the present moment and wants nothing more than to play. This wine is all about being playful, and I, for one, am so ready for that in my adult life right now. So, go ahead, bring this to the first party you’ve been to in 2 years, and let loose!
The 2021 Patatino is a blend of freshly fermented, whole cluster and lightly macerated Pinot noir from Dicesare Vineyard, and whole cluster, carbonic Petite Sirah from Bricarelli Ranch. I’ve worked with Pinot noir in past lives, but this is the first time working with the grape under my own label. I decided to lean into the earthy, piney, funky side of Pinot noir, so expect something closer to Jura than Burgundy, but of course, always with a Californian swagger.
Fun fact: Patatino means little potato in Italian and is what some Italian mamas call their babes.
Label art: My husband, Jon Patch.
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