2017 Subject to Change Wine Co. "Feliz Creek Vineyard" Mendocino County Carignane (Natural Wine)

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Winemaker's Notes: "Bistro wine, pizza wine, Tuesday night wine, daily drinker. Call it whatever you want. It’s the stuff you pop whenever you need an easy drinking, unpretentious glass of red. Fruit, spice and all the things you want. This wine has a crunchy, tannic structure with beautiful herbaceous complexity that can be admired or simply slugged back for a fun red. It just so happens that this "Bistro Wine" comes from 100 year old vines in Hopland. Feliz Creek Vineyard is dry-farmed by its new owners Wendy and Jason as of 2015. These head-pruned vines are 80-100 years old and likely have some Grenache, Alicanté, Berger and a few other red varietals mixed into the Carignane-dominiated block. It’s farmed using nothing more than sulphur dust. The vineyard runs along Feliz Creek north-west of the town of Hopland. Loamy soils run along the creek through the vineyard and a warm dry climate make this old river bed unique terroir. Method - Picked at 21 brix, we used 50% whole clusters and the rest was destemmed. The wine was on the skins for a mere 10 days and spends five months in neutral French oak. Cap management is a combination of pigeage and pumpovers. The short maceration and elevage give the wine a gritty, rustic punch that is reminiscent of a village wine from Italy or France. Unfined, unfiltered and untouched. No sulfur is harmed in the making of this wine - 121 cases produced / 12% Alcohol."

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- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 12