2020 Indica Red Table Wine, Mendocino County
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The chaos of the 2020 vintage provided an opportunity to return to a former Carignan source in the Redwood Valley. The historic Casa Verde Vineyard was planted in the 1940's on a wind-swept pitch north of Lake Mendocino. It is one of the Redwood Valley's neatest heritage plantings with white and red grapes co-mingling in an old-school California sprawl. At harvest we attempted to field-select for the Carignan, but inadvertently brought in bunches of French Colombard, Barbera, and Grenache which all co-fermented. The 2020 Indica is a deeper, darker version of itself—clearly impacted by the intense drought. Explosively aromatic, but with an attack that is more restrained it leaves every jammy Zinfandel in the dust. BYOB to your next outing to Korean BBQ.
blackberry, lavendar, crushed stone
Italian plum, sun-baked herbs, lilac
Korean BBQ, lamb meatballs w/ red sauce, tacos al pastor