Variety: *Muscat Vert
*AVA: *Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
*Farming: *Certified Organic, Dry Farmed
*Harvest Date: *Handpicked on 20 August 2020
*Bottling Date: *15 March 2021
In 2020, I began working with Nakai Vineyard, owned and farmed by Aki Nakai. Although planted mainly to Pinot and Chardonnay, Aki has a few small blocks of more unusual varieties. One of these is Muscat Vert, of which he has only 3 rows. He normally makes it into a wine under his own small label (which is sold only in Japan), but in 2020 he decided not to produce it himself, and so was willing to sell the block to me.
I picked the Muscat early, aiming for high acid and slightly underdeveloped aromatics to make a bright, textured skin contact white. The fruit was left on skins for 6 days, and lightly foot tread once per day. At nearly dry, it was pressed to a stainless steel tank, and left to finish primary fermentation. After primary, I transferred the wine to neutral oak barriques, and let it go through malolactic fermentation in barrel.
The Muscat sat through with winter in barrel sur lie, and was bottled in March of 2021.
Indigenous yeast fermentation. No added sulfur, no other additions, unfined and unfiltered.
*Tasting Notes: *Elderberry, tart meyer lemon rind with slight phenolic traction. Textured maceration, savory, earthy.