For many years varietally ‘correct’ Zinfandel from the New World meant a wine that was opulent, oakey, higher alcohol, and often sweet with residual sugar. While that definition might suit some, my goal is to make wines that represent the territory where it grows in the most transparent way possible. Simply, I want to express my home state of California. If that means the wine isn’t ‘correct’ by some standard but instead captures the local essence of the varietal? Rejoice!
Vinification Notes: Whole clusters (stems intact) sealed in a tank for two days (semi-carbonic maceration). After opening the tank, a mixture of punchdowns and pumpovers were used to gently extract tannin. Pressed prior to dryness and aged in neutral oak barrique for 5 months. Unfined. Unfiltered. Sediment expected.
Vineyard: Ricetti Vineyard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County; planted in 1948; dry-farmed (non-irrigated), certified organic vineyard; gravelly loam soils.
Tasting Notes: This highly limited release comes from one precious ton from Ricetti Vineyard. Light-bodied enough to get along with any meal, this wine offers everything you want Zinfandel to smell like; rhubarb, red currant and a whole lot of balanced fruit.
Production: 70 cases
At Bottling: (February 2022): Free SO2 15 mg/L, total SO2 30 mg/L. All wines are vegan.
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.