Populis 2018 'Wabi-Sabi' Red Blend, Mendocino County
Item Number: 13417
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Grape(s): 55% Carignane / 25% Syrah / 20% Zinfandel
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandstone, shale and quartz
Case Production: 976
The 2018 Populis Wabi-Sabi Red Blend was born from the desire to create a lighthearted, naturally made, extremely drinkable wine from exciting vineyard sites throughout California. Populis partners with organic farmers who work with quality in mind, many of whom dry farm historic, old vine vineyards.
Vineyard Notes: Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale, and quartz, the deep soils of Mendocino were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist-sized stones along the way. Highly deficient in organic matter, the moderately acidic soil pH allows for optimal nutrient uptake to allow the vines to thrive. The vines range in age from 20 to 70 years and are farmed organically by 3rd and 4th generation farmers.
Winemaking Notes: Each component of this blend was made with the intention of creating a dynamic blend meant to enhance the character of each individual variety. Partial whole cluster for structure and tannin, partially destemmed for mid-palate depth, some rose for brightness and lift; this wine has a bit of everything. The fermentation, including malolactic, occurs with native yeast. The wine is bottled without fining or filtering.
Tasting Notes: Everyday drinking wines are a mainstay in Europe, and the Wabi-Sabi pays homage to those blends in a uniquely Californian way. This wine has the backbone and rusticity of Italy and Southern France with the pop of fruit that only California brings to the table. It is light and fresh but still serious enough with excellent structure. Fine tannins finish off an experience that is great alone or with an array of dinner and lunch choices.