Arneis, Dolcetto, Barbera & Friends, Mendocino County, California | Feints drinks like a love letter to the Northern Italian wine region of Piemonte, a love letter written on pulpy handmade paper & written in spindly calligraphy, a love letter that the person— or wine region— who it was written for is so utterly moved by that they carry it around in their pocket with them for months— if not years! Though this blend of five Italian wine grapes (Arneis, Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo & Montepulciano) is vinified from fruit grown entirely in Mendocino, California, it speaks to everything we love best about Italian wine: it’s sprawling, romantic, & complex, with gorgeous grippy structure that transcends the otherwise light-hearted spirit of this light-bodied red. Surprisingly, the largest segment of the blend is the Arneis, which is, if you can believe this, wait for it… a white wine grape! Crisp & floral, Arneis is Piemontese for “little rascal” (cute) & keeps Feints fresh & spry. Further to this, all the grapes are co-fermented before undergoing full carbonic maceration, giving us bright, animated fruit flavours that will make your heart feel like the red balloon emoji. Unfined & unfiltered & undergoing 5 months of lees contact, Feints is very very low in sulphites with a wink of natural wine growliness. Rhubarb snap, rosewater chapstick, green tomato, red fruit granita, dancing a waltz with a ghost. Drink chilled in an extremely *Great Expectations-*y abandoned manor, but during the day, so it’s more whimsical than spooky.
Tinta Roriz, Souzao & Touriga Nacional, Fox Hill, California | Rosé wines can sometimes be misperceived as throwaways, less serious and/or complex than their red, white & orange counterparts, but don’t mistake the purity & focus of a great rosé for being overly simplistic or lacking in depth. Well-executed minimalism is a thousand times harder to nail than glamour or opulence, & we can’t think of a rosé that better expresses this concept than Evan Lewandowski’s. Vinified from a blend of three Portuguese red grapes grown in fellow Grapewitch Import Forlorn Hope’s Rorick Heritage Vineyard (Keepin it in the fam! We love to see it!), Tinta Roriz (AKA Tempranillo) grapes are whole cluster bladder-pressed (Wait what? Lol chill a bladder press is a cylindrical press that softly & gently presses grapes to maintain freshness & varietal character), whereas Souzao & Touriga Nacional are foot-trodden (the old-fashioned way! So romantic) prior to pressing. 2 hours of maceration on skins, 5 months of lees contact, no fining, no filtration, no sulphur. There is an uncanny directness to this wine, breathtakingly simple like how a haiku is simple— it’s a Zen rock garden, the platonic ideal of a white t-shirt, a structurally perfect red strawberry. Strawberry is the name of the game here: this rosé is like the purest essence of a strawberry distilled into a wine, more strawberry than a strawberry itself. Naturally thick Touriga skins give it a touch of cat’s tongue tannin & a delicate white tea-like texture. Medium-bodied, with an earthy mineral subplot from sandstone soils. Squeeze of blood orange, sniffing a pale pink rose. No need to overthink this one— it’s perfect fodder for a sunny Sunday, picnic in the park vibes, ideally glugged all in one go.
Sangiovese, Mendocino, California | This Sangiovese is a mighty keeper of dragons and true history in motion in its depth and low intervention, New Cali approach. Winemaker Evan Lewandowski grows his grapes in California, but all we taste is dusty old soul Italian Sangio cartwheeling through. ‘L. Stone’, named after Italofile Lowell Stone who planted a smattering of Italian grapes in the late 80s, was harvested from the fabled Fox Hill Vineyard – a pebbly, uplifted former riverbed, flecked with quartz. The soil is teeming with minerals leftover from everything that ever traveled downriver, creating a uniquely complex terroir. ‘L. Stone’ smells like nibbling green strawberries while scavenging through your great aunt’s bookshelves – and tastes like a thimbleberry & Italian amaro popsicle, deer leather keychain, old pile of newspapers, with fresh cranberry acidity & cat lick tannins knitting everything together. A wildly special ultra-natural wine that pairs well with shawarma wraps, playing Euchre & listening to Italian opera.
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