Post Flirtation White 2019
33% Colombard, 26% Marsanne, 23% Roussanne, 18% Muscat blanc
The co-fermented CoCo fruit (Roussanne, Marsanne and Muscat) is all tumbled in the press to get just a hint of skin contact before pressing, then juice is fermented on full lees in stainless steel. Early season Colombard is also fermented on full lees in stainless steel and adds brightness to the CoCo County co-ferment once blended. The final blend was filtered and bottled after 6 months of aging. We move the wine as little as possible to preserve the CO2 produced from fermentation, which acts as a natural preservative and gives the mouthfeel a little boost. This wine (like all of our wines) naturally goes through malolactic fermentation as well, as we only add SO2 at bottling, and very small amounts of it as outlined below.
Roussanne, Marsanne, and Muscat blanc come from First Generation Farmers in Contra Costa County; practicing organic and in the three year transition to certification, sandy soils.
Colombard comes from Ricetti Vineyard in Mendocino County; planted in 1948; certified organic; dry farmed on loam.
This mineral driven wine gives off aromas of fresh ocean air, white pepper and kiwi. A beautifully light bodied wine that would complement a variety of foods from Dim Sum to oysters. At only 9.5% alcohol this wine is great from brunch to aperitif to dinner and after. Take me anywhere!
Coming in at 9.5% ABV, this bright and gulpable wine complements a variety of foods and flavors.
This is always a fun wine to make, as it marks the beginning of harvest in late August. First Generation Farmers is located outside of Oakley, Contra Costa County (affectionately CoCo). The weather and soils of CoCo are reminiscent of the Mediterranean, with a hot land mass, super duper sandy soils, and a near constant cooling wind coming off of the very cold salty waters of the Carquinez Strait. The resulting wines are full of summer flavors, slightly salty, and extremely drinkable. After the CoCo fruit is co-fermented, we blend in some earlier season Colombard to illuminate the brightness of this wine. This old vine Colombard is versatile, as it maintains basically the same sugar level and acidity on the vine from August to November. When picked in late August it reminds me of a featherweight Basque Txakoli (while our late season Colombard going into our Honeymoon has a more Chenin-like characteristics). Both components of this blend are fermented and aged in stainless steel.
Production: 1921 cases
9.5% alcohol. Filtered. At bottling (February 2020): free SO2 0 mg/L, total SO2 31 mg/L.