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Ricetti Carignan 2019

100% Carignan · Mendocino County · 158 Cases

Compared to the wild, earthy flavors of Venturi, Ricetti Carignan invites us to dance in a more delicate dimension. Smells like stepping into a sauna, crumbling dried rose petals, and breaths of dry mountain air. A silky body offers a taste of cinnamon and sunny red currant.

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750 ml, 12% ABV

Enjoy With

Gentle textures like mushroom ragu, savory wild rice and alp cheese.

Drink When

You’re draped (literally or emotionally) in silk.

Martha's Notes

This is a special wine we don’t make every year. While the Venturi Vineyard Carignan reminds me of Gamay, the Ricetti Vineyard Carignan reminds me of Pinot noir. The Ricetti Carignan vines are large, head-trained, 73 year-old vines, and the vineyard resembles a small forest, with shoots reaching far overhead. It’s a vineyard where you can find shade underneath the canopy, as if you were sitting below a miniaturized old oak. Tom and Pamela Ricetti are serious about their winter compost application, so not only is the canopy forest-like, but the rich topsoil undervine reminds me of the spongy duff of a forest floor.

Perhaps a coincidence, but the 2019 Ricetti Carignan wine has this soft forest floor characteristic woven into its profile. The 2019 Ricetti Carignan was harvested in late fall, on a still, foggy morning. While the delicacy of this vintage reminds me of Burgundy, the finish of this wine is dry and firmly states “I’m a Californian old-vine Carignan”.  

Specifications

Vintage:

2019

Alcohol:

12%

Varietal:

100% Carignan

Vineyard:

Carignan from Ricetti Vineyard, Mendocino County; planted in 1948; certified organic; dry farmed on gravelly loam. 

Serving Temp:

Slightly chilled. We like to put Carignan in the fridge for ~20 minutes and then enjoy.

At Bottling:

12% alcohol. Unfined. Unfiltered. At bottling (August 2021): free SO2 5 mg/L, total SO2 32 mg/L. 0.4 g/L residual sugar. 

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