Martha Stoumen 2022 Rosato of Nero d'Avola, Mendocino
Item Number: 18643
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Bricarelli Ranch
Grape(s): 90% Nero d'Avola / 10% Negroamaro
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): 9 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravelly loam benchland soils
Case Production: 411
Vineyard Notes: Nero d’Avola and Negroamaro from Bricarelli Ranch, Ukiah, Mendocino County; head-trained, dry farmed (non-irrigated) vineyard, farmed by Martha according to organic principles (no pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers); gravelly loam benchland soils, where Italian farming families first planted vineyards (reserving the rich valley floors for vegetables)
Winemaking Notes: Whole clusters (stems intact) of Nero d’Avola and Negroamaro are foot tread (pigéage) for an overnight maceration on skins before pressing the following day. The grapes are co-fermented and aged in neutral tanks and neutral oak barrique for 6 months. The wine was bottled unfined and filtered for stability. All of Martha Stoumen wines are fermented with native yeast and bacteria, are vegan, and have no additions beyond minimal effective sulfites for some wines.
Tasting Notes: Leave the strawberry rhubarb pie cooling on the counter, lace up your skates, and feel the sunshine. This restorative expression of a one-night-wine serves up compelling acidity and a concentrated dose of sweet (but technically dry) nostalgia.
Martha's Note: "Vino di una notte... This translates to ‘one night wine’ and refers to the technique of crushing grapes and leaving them to macerate on skins (and in our case, stems) in their own juice overnight, adding color, texture, and complexity. I love using this technique with our Nero d’Avola because it produces a wine that falls between rosé and a red wine—zippy and bright like a rosé but textured and robust like a red wine. New for 2022, we co-fermented our youngest dry-farmed Nero d’Avola vines at Bricarelli Ranch with the adjacent rows of Negroamaro and bottled with 9 g/L residual sugar. Technically this rosato is a “dry” wine with less than 1% remaining sugar, but that little touch of sweetness adds body and a stronger wild strawberry core to a perennial favorite cuvée."