Martha Stoumen Benchlands 2019
Region: Mendocino County, California
Juicy aromas of plum and black cherries balanced with hints of herbaceous black tea immediately draw you into this wine. Serious and playful in all the right ways. We liken this wine to the mature older brother of our Post Flirtation red blend.
The Mendocino Benchlands blend has been resurrected (original vintage was 2015) as a result of a new vineyard we are leasing and farming in Mendocino County called Chiarito. The blend of Nero d’Avola and Zinfandel is inspired by the classic Cerasuolo di Vittoria blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato from Sicily. A Cerasuolo di California, if you will. The name of this wine refers to the Mendocino benchlands where all of the original Italian vineyards were planted (rather than the valley floor). All of the vineyards in this blend are planted on those uplifted benchlands.
13% alcohol. At bottling (March 2020): free SO2 12 mg/L, total SO2 23 mg/L.