Birdhorse Wine, Carignan 2020, Poor Ranch Vineyards, Mendocino County, CA
A wine with coolness and depth, aromas of mulberry and tarragon complement a juicy raspberry backbone with an undertone of dusty chaparral. Gravelly tannin accentuates a medium-dense structure with a peppery finish.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Mendocino County
REGION: North Coast
VINEYARDS: Poor Ranch
SOIL: Loose, sandy soils
PRACTICE: Dry-farmed, sustainable, organic
VINIFICATION: Fermented with 25% whole cluster and pressed off to neutral oak barrels after 15 days
COLOR: Deep berry
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Dense, ripe fruit with layers of fresh, dark, brambly fruit and herbs
FLAVOR: Lean and fresh, with slightly stemmy tannin and bright acidity, evoking red plums and cranberries
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: This red can handle a slight chill and could easily be enjoyed at a backyard barbecue.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
“Birdhorse represents a vision for the future of California winemaking, a vision anchored in a passion for diversification. We strive to showcase regions, varietals, and humans that have long had a presence in this industry but have yet to been celebrated by many of its constituents. We are driven by intellectual curiosity, transparency, science, and data, but most importantly an ardor for delicious wines and sharing them with the wider drinking public.”
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
2020 Carignan also comes from a vineyard just outside of the town of Hopland in the Mendocino AVA. With mixed plantings from 1906 and 1946, these old, head-trained vines have been dry-farmed all their lives, and are thus perfectly suited to thrive in the dry heat of the Mendocino summers.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
“The Name - Birdhorse is intended to evoke a sense of adventure and whimsey, rooted in the familiar - the same feeling we hope to express through each of our wines. It is a thing you can conjure in your mind’s eye, a faint outline, but requires an inquisitive and open mind to fill in the details. That is Birdhorse: a desire for understanding, grounded by our own experience and perception, fueled by our imagination.”