Mendocino Benchlands 2020
40% Petite Sirah, 37% Zinfandel, 23% Nero d’Avola · Mendocino County · 738 Cases
Our pool sipper, sun kisser, skinny dipper – this year's Benchlands is all play. Expect grown-up Hawaiian Punch with a buoyant texture and notes of orange, pluot, and tart raspberry.
750mL, 12.5% ABV
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Foods that blur the lines between meals and snacks. A slice of olive oil + orange cake, salt + vinegar fries or all day grazing in the garden.
You’re feeling groovy. This lighter side of Petite Sirah doesn’t ask you to think too hard. Bring a bottle wherever whenever you need a lift and enjoy slightly chilled.
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The Mendocino Benchlands blend was resurrected in 2019 (original vintage was 2015) as a result of a new vineyard we started leasing and farming in 2019 in Mendocino County called Chiarito-Ling. Deviating from the 2015 and 2019 vintages a smidge, in 2020 we also added some juicy carbonic Petite Sirah from both of our self-farmed vineyards to bring some blue fruit to the blend. This wine is inspired by the Italian farming tradition where grapes were planted on the poorer soils of the uplifted benchlands of Mendocino County (the rich valley floor soils were reserved for vegetables). All of the vineyards in this blend are planted on those uplifted benchlands.
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40% Petite Sirah, 37% Zinfandel, 23% Nero d’Avola
Zinfandel and half of the Petite Sirah from Chiarito-Ling Vineyard, Ukiah, Mendocino County; we lease and farm; dry farmed (no irrigation) vines; farmed according to organic principles without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides.
The other half of Petite Sirah comes from Benson Ranch, Ukiah, Mendocino County: 14 year old dry farmed (no irrigation) vines, gravelly loam soil.
Nero d’Avola from Fox Hill, Talmage Bench, Mendocino County: 33 year old vines (as far as we know the oldest Nero d’Avola in CA), sandy loam soils.
All four components of this early season Zin, Petite Sirah, and mid-season Nero d’Avola blend were fermented separately in small batches: whole cluster for the Zin and Petite, destemmed for the Nero. All lots pressed prior to dryness and barrel aged for 6 months off lees. Unfined. Unfiltered. Sediment expected.
Cold. Take out of the fridge for 20 minutes. We love to start drinking this wine cold-ish and enjoy as it warms up a bit.
(February 2021): Free SO2 11 mg/L, total SO2 30 mg/L; 0.3 g/L RS (dry). Sediment expected. All wines are vegan.
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