A blend of Merlot, Pinotage and Chardonnay that sings strawberry notes and salinity. Consume at room temp or chill further for more chill.
Varieties: 40% Merlot, 38% Pinotage, 22% Chardonnay
Vineyard: Open Hand Ranch
Location: Mendocino County, CA
Production: 696 cases
Tasting Notes: Strawberry notes and a bit of salinity, stone fruit and citrus.
Chardonnay and Pinotage were co-fermented in the ‘reverse-saignée’ method: ½ of the fruit was added to a fermenter as uncrushed whole clusters and the other half is direct-pressed juice that pressed into those clusters and pumped over daily. Spent 9 days on the skins then was pressed and aged in neutral oak foudres. Merlot was destemmed, pressed to tank and barreled down for 7 months in neutral oak. The 2 components spend 6 months aging before racking and blending together in the bottling tank. Bottled unfined & unfiltered.
Open Hand Ranch is a 10-acre, family-run organic vineyard and farm planted in the 80s. Surrounded by oak and bay trees and a diverse landscape of native plants, fruit trees and other vegetation, biodiversity and regenerative farming practices are standard practice.