Martha Stoumen Wines 2018 'Honeymoon' White Blend, California
Item Number: 13482
Sub Region: California
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 85% Colombard / 15% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): 2 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 318
Vineyard Notes: The head-trained Colombard grapes come from Ricetti Vineyard in Redwood Valley; they were planted in 1948. The vineyard is certified organic and dry farmed. The Chardonnay grapes come from Hawkeye Vineyard in Redwood Valley where they practice organic viticulture.
Tasting Notes: Ever-so-slightly off-dry due to some favorably botrytized Colombard (once in a decade condition), this wine is reminiscent of a Loire Chenin Blanc. Vibrant aromas include honeysuckle, a bit of beeswax, and preserved lemon. The palate is inviting with flavors of wildflower honey, candied ginger root, and chamomile. This wine is beautifully textured with integrated acidity.
Winemaking Notes: Colombard can throw a large crop load and has largely been written off as a blending/filler grape, or has been used traditionally for distillation into cognac. With old vine age, dry farming, and by allowing a long hand time, Colombard can be as complex as its parent Chenin Blanc. This is Martha's last lot to come in every year at the end of October. 2018 was a cool year causing some of the Colombard to have botrytis, leaving 2 g/L of residual sugar in the final wine. Both the Colombard and Chardonnay were whole cluster pressed to neutral barrels for spontaneous fermentation with native yeast. They aged sur lie for a year in the barrels. The juice was then blended and a minimal amount of sulfites were added at bottling. Total SO2 is 29mg/L. The 2018 vintage was filtered due to the residual sugar.