Patatino Nouveau 2021
67% Pinot noir, 33% Petite Sirah · California · 349 Cases
The first taste of harvest 2021 is all savory with our moodiest nouveau to date. Wild and jubilant, Patatino takes you on a walk through a forest of cranberry and strawberry popsicles melting off of their piney sticks. The smell of Himalayan black salt floats in on the wind with whispers of wild oats. Patatino’s lightweight body, bright acidity, and slight spritz keeps you lifted from Nouveau Day (November 18th) through the New Year.
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Patatino doesn't need a reason to enjoy anytime. However we're inspired to drink this wine with Moules frites or any dish containing morels. As always, anything with potatoes is not only highly encouraged, but celebrated.
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 joyful. Chill upright in the fridge overnight to settle. Remove from the fridge 20 minutes prior to enjoying, so wine is chilled but not cold. Naturally occurring sediment is expected.
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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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67% Pinot noir, 33% Petite Sirah
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.
Dicesare Pinot noir was hand-harvested on September 9, 2021. We fermented the grapes 100% whole cluster for two days in stainless steel and then pressed the just-fermenting fruit (for a very 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, and with a nod to winemaking in Beaujolais, we sealed the tank for a brief carbonic fermentation. 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 .
Slightly chilled. Let the bottle settle upright in the fridge overnight and remove ~20 minutes before enjoying.
12% alcohol. Unfined. Unfiltered. At bottling (October 2021): free SO2 11 mg/L, total SO2 22 mg/L.
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