Martha Stoumen Nero Rosato, simply incredible
I seriously hemmed and haawed about selling any of this, it's so good. But, sharing is such a part of the fun!
61% 2021 Nero d'Avola from Bricarelli Ranch, 39% 2020 Nero d'Avola from Chiarito-Ling Vineyard · Mendocino County · 328 Cases
From Martha: This restorative expression of our one-night-wine smells like coming home to a fresh-baked strawberry rhubarb pie. Rosato’s straightforward aromas and compelling acidity invite you to lace up your roller skates for a sunny dose of sweet (but technically dry) nostalgia.
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. The farming at Benson Ranch also adds to the complexity of this wine. Dry farmed on well drained soils, grape berries are small due to water scarcity and have a higher skin to juice ratio (skins are where you get a ton of flavor). The roots of these vines penetrate deep into the soil in search of water, at depths where soil mineral content goes up and organic matter is scarce, elevating the uptake of minerals, which I notice most as textural differences in the wine. I make this wine only when the vintage allows for it; the 2017 was a favorite, and I am so excited to release a small quantity of this wine again in the 2020 vintage.