Martha Stoumen Wines 2018 Carignan, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County
Item Number: 13483
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Vineyard Designation: Venturi Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Carignan
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.4
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Pinole gravelly loam
Case Production: 400
Vineyard Notes: Venturi Vineyard is a dry farmed and organic vineyard in Mendocino County that was planted in 1948. Venturi Vineyard is located just north of Ukiah in the Calpella Valley on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz, these deep, well-drained soils were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist-sized stones along the way. The 70-year-old Carignan block is on a particularly stoney parcel as it lies on former Russian riverbed. These parcel characteristics, along with a long, cool fermentation result in a Carignan much lighter-bodied than most.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of dried herbs, rose petals, and cherry fruit leather happily greet you on the nose. Bright cherry notes show on the palate with a lovely light body and dusty tannins.
Winemaking Notes: The Carignan ferments spontaneously with 100% whole clusters. A small portion of whole clusters are foot tread and placed in the bottom of the tank. Then un-tread clusters are put on top. The grapes are foot-tread or manually punched down for about a week until things are soft enough to gently pump over. Because grapes are broken up slowly over time, sugars are also released slowly rather than all at once, which results in a slower fermentation. Racking occurs about 60% through fermentation followed by a 28-day maceration before pressing. The wine ages in neutral barrels for 12 months on lees, is racked, and bottled. The minimal SO2 found in this wine is due to spot sulfuring specific barrels in the lot during the year of aging. The total SO2 is 13mg/L.