Martha Stoumen 2022 'Honeymoon' White Blend, Redwood Valley

Martha Stoumen 2022 'Honeymoon' White Blend, Redwood Valley

Item Number: 19405

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Redwood Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2022
Grape(s): 55% Colombard / 45% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravelly loam
Case Production: 380

Vineyard Notes:

  • 70+ year-ol Colombard from Ricetti Vineyard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County; planted in 1948; head-trained, dry-farmed (non-irrigated), certified organic vineyard
  • Chardonnay from Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County; dry-farmed (non-irrigated), practicing organic vineyard

Winemaking Notes: Colombard and Chardonnay were harvested separately. Both pressed immediately, settled overnight, and then racked off gross lees to ferment in neutral oak barrique. Aged in barrel, unracked on fine lees, for 6-months before blending. Once blended, the wine aged for an additional 3 months in neutral oak barrique prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered.

Martha's Notes: “The star of our Honeymoon is the 70+ year-old Colombard from the dry-farmed, head-trained vines at Ricetti Vineyard. When young, Colombard can throw a large crop and has largely been written off as a blending/filler grape, or has been used traditionally for distillation into cognac. However, with old vine age, dry farming, and by allowing a long hang time, Colombard can be as complex as its parent, Chenin Blanc. The Honeymoon, to me, is always a layered wine, where I try to achieve some tertiary characteristics alongside brightness and fruit. Barrel fermentation, lees contact, and longer elevage to achieve these layers once again. Alongside Ricetti Vineyard Colombard, Honeymoon 2022 features dry-farmed, organic Chardonnay from nearby Hawkeye Ranch. Though not quite “old-vine” yet, these massive bilateral cordon-trained vines planted in the 1970s are farmed organically by Pete Johnson and family, 5th generation grape and pear growers.”