Martha Stoumen Wines 2020 'Post Flirtation' Red Blend
Origin: California, USA
Grape(s): 54% Carignan, 46% Zinfandel
This wine tastes like a lively hibiscus agua fresca with notes of orange peel and juicy pomegranate. A kitchen chameleon and a balanced blend, Carignan brings savory flavors while juicy Zinfandel brings sweet spices like clove and cinnamon. Drink with tacos, BBQ chicken, lamb kebobs, or just because!
The Zinfandel grapes in this wine hail from Del Barba Vineyard, Oakley, CA; dry farmed on sand (like walking on a beach).
The Carignan grapes in this wine hail from Ricetti Vineyard, Mendocino County; planted in 1948; certified organic; dry farmed on gravelly loam.
Here's what Martha Stoumen has to say about this delicious red:
"This wine is so joyous, and to me, distinctly Californian. I never knew how much I loved Zinfandel until I started working as Chris Brockway’s (Broc Cellars) Assistant Winemaker. When picked before the grape berries begin to shrivel, you get amazing hibiscus, rhubarb, pomegranate, and baking spices from Zin. Like an avocado, the window is small between unripe and overripe for Zin, and I watch our Zinfandel vineyards closely. Carignan, Zin’s less celebrated companion, provides a savory component reminiscent of driving through California chaparral, and, like Ricetti’s, can be incredibly complex with 70 years of vine age. I’m not re-inventing the wheel with this classic old vine Zin/Carignan blend, just lightening things up a bit."