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Martha Stoumen Wines, Mendocino Benchlands Red Mendocino County, California 2019 (750mL)
Martha Stoumen has become the “New California” poster child with an iconoclastic lineup of delicious, vineyard-designate wines, and we think that the only reason we’re able to offer this “Mendocino Benchlands” is that the COVID pandemic prevented cool San Francisco restaurants from grabbing it all first. Scroll through the “Press” section of Stoumen’s website and you’ll see there’s loads of buzz around these wines, which are sourced from a carefully curated collection of organically farmed vineyards—half of which Stoumen leases and farms herself. She extolls the virtues of “proper handwork” in the vineyard and “minimal intervention” in the winery, working with an unconventional palette of grape varieties to produce wines that pulse with lively energy and offer a keen sense of place. This 2019 Mendocino blend is bright, primary, and mineral rather than dense, sappy, and lavishly oaked, combining 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Zinfandel from three heirloom vineyards. It takes its inspiration from the Cerasuolo di Vittoria blends of southeastern Sicily and absolutely nails the style: this is juicy, crunchy, chillable red for enjoying with food, which is what the new California is all about!
- CountryUnited States
- RegionMendocino County, California
- SoilGravelly & Sandy Loams
- BlendNero d’Avola 60%, Zinfandel 40%
- OakNeutral Barrels
- Temp.Serve at 55° F
- GlasswareAll-Purpose Stem
- Decanting15 Minutes
- PairingTomato Focaccia
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