Martha Stoumen Nero d'Avola

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Winemaker: Martha Stoumen

Appellation: Mendocino, California

Grape Varieties: Nero d’Avola

This wine smells like tomato vines and wild forest fruits. Feels like dark cocoa powder swirling in bright blackberry juice on your tongue. As one of the few Nero d’Avola producers in the US, we’re delighted to work with this dynamic grape to create balanced wine that can spend up to 10 years in your cellar.

The beauty of Nero d’Avola is its Chiaroscuro-like nature: brightness from its ability to hold onto acidity in warm Mediterranean climates, and darkness from its characteristic forest fruits. I spent a very impactful vintage working with this grape at COS in Sicily, so the fact that Nero d’Avola even exists in California—AND I get to work with it in both the vineyard and cellar—makes my heart happy. While everyone else is clamoring for cool climate sites along coastal California, I am proud to be looking inland, where the hotter climate and shorter spring season make low-input farming a reality. I still want to make elegant wines, so it just means thinking outside of the box with the choice of varieties. Nero d’Avola is a perfect natural fit.

Destemmed, fermented in concrete tank until dry. Pressed and put to neutral barrel on lees. After 12 months: racked off lees, vineyard components blended, and put back to barrel for a total of 18 months barrel aging.

62% Benson Ranch Vineyard, Ukiah, Mendocino County; 14 year old dry farmed (no irrigation) vines; farmed according to organic principles without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides.

38% Fox Hill Vineyard, Talmage Bench, Mendocino County; 33 year old vines (as far as we know the oldest Nero d’Avola in CA); farmed without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fungicides.