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Martha Stoumen - 'Benchlands' - Nero d'Avola, Zinfandel - Mendocino, CA - 2019
Martha Stoumen - 'Benchlands' - Nero d'Avola, Zinfandel - Mendocino, CA - 2019
Martha Stoumen - 'Benchlands' - Nero d'Avola, Zinfandel - Mendocino, CA - 2019
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Martha Stoumen - 'Benchlands' - Nero d'Avola, Zinfandel - Mendocino, CA - 2019

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MARTHA'S NOTES
The Mendocino Benchlands blend has been resurrected (original vintage was 2015) as a result of a new vineyard we started leasing and farming in 2019 in Mendocino County called Chiarito-Ling. 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.

Vinification Notes:
Nero d’Avola and Zinfandel were each harvested by hand and fermented separately before blending. Nero d’Avola from both Bricarelli Ranch and Fox Hill were 100% destemmed and fermented in open-top tanks. For the Chiarito-Ling Nero d’Avola portion, we opted for a slight carbonic “pop!” characteristic by fermenting the grapes with whole clusters intact.
The Zinfandel from Chiarito-Ling was 100% destemmed and about halfway through fermentation we performed a déslestage (“rack-and-return”) to provide additional aeration to the fermenting juice. The final blend was assembled just prior to bottling and has now acquired 19 months of bottle aging.

Vineyard: Nero d’Avola: 30% Chiarito-Ling Vineyard, Ukiah, Mendocino County; a new vineyard that we are leasing and farming; 27-year old vines, head trained, no till, loam soils.

22% Bricarelli Ranch (formerly 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-Ling Vineyard, see above.

Tasting Notes: Black cherries and black tea. An extra year of age offers an integrated, silky tannin with a relaxed, soulful palette.

Martha Stoumen Wines was founded upon the desire to recapture a farming and winemaking culture that has all but faded away: a winemaking culture of patience.
We grow grapes and craft natural wine in Northern California. After 8 years apprenticing around the world, Martha set out as a self-funded, first generation winemaker to answer the question, “What does California taste like?” In our hot little corner of Northern California, Mediterranean grapes thrive and healthy vineyards allow us to create joyful balanced wines. Our wines are made from unexpected varietals and offer new takes on California classics. We do things the right way even if it's not the easy or cool way. Of the dozen or so wines we make every year, blends and flavors change but our desire to share the simple pleasures of natural wine remains the same.

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