"The Mendocino Benchlands blend has been resurrected (original vintage was 2015) as a result of a new vineyard we are leasing and farming in Mendocino County called Chiarito. The blend of 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Zinfandel is inspired by the classic Cerasuolo di Vittoria blend of 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Frappato from Sicily. Shoutout to Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars for giving me the idea to swap Frappato for Zin. A Cerasuolo di California, if you will. The name of this wine refers to the uplifted benchlands in Mendocino where all of the original Italian settlers planted vines (rather than the valley floor). All of the vineyards in this blend are planted on those uplifted benchlands.
Juicy aromas of plum and black cherries balanced with hints of herbaceous black tea immediately draw you into this wine. Serious and playful in all the right ways. We liken this wine to the mature older brother of our Post Flirtation red blend. This is delicious chilled, straight out of the fridge."
-Sub-region: Mendocino County
30% Chiarito Vineyard, Ukiah, Mendocino County; a new vineyard that we are leasing and farming; 27-year old vines, head trained, no till, loam soils.
22% Benson Ranch, Ukiah, Mendocino County; 14 year old head trained, dry farmed vines, gravelly loam soil.
8% Fox Hill Vineyard, Talmage Bench, Mendocino County; 33 year old vines; sandy loam soils.
Zinfandel: Chiarito Vineyard, see above.
All vineyards are farmed according to organic principles without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides."
Awards and accolades
-Importer: N/A (domestically sourced)
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