Grape: Carignane, Zinfandel, Skin-fermented Muscat
Origin: Venturi Vineyards, Mendocino County; Fox Vineyard, Lodi, CA; Cecchini Vineyard, Contra Costa County, CA
Farming Practices: Organic
Why we love it:
Who: Populis was born from the desire to make light-hearted, naturally made, extremely drinkable wines from organically farmed, historic vineyard sites throughout Northern California.
What/How: The bones of this rosé are the same as previous vintages, 85% direct press old vine, dry-farmed Carignane from Venturi Vineyard. This year they blended in 10% old-vine, own-rooted, un-treated Zinfandel from Lodi as well as 5% skin-fermented Muscat from Contra Costa County.
Tasting Notes: The Carignane brings structure and acid, while the Zinfandel lightens the body and has a lot of nice stone-fruit character, and finally, the skin-fermented Muscat gives a punch of aromatics and lift to the nose.