Frenchtown Farms, "Chasse Patate" 2021, Naggiar Vineyard, Sierra Foothills, CA
This natural red is blended from Mourvèdre, and Grenache has notes of red berries and a little funkiness at first followed by mushroom, earth, pleasant acidity and barely-there tannins
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Sierra Foothills
VINEYARD: Naggiar Vineyards
GRAPES: 70% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache
PRACTICE: Organic, natural
VINIFICATION: Organic farming, whole-cluster foot-stomped, spontaneous fermentation (hands-off), neutral vessels only, only sulfur added is minimal at bottling (15-25 ppm).
COLOR: Medium ruby
BODY: Light to Medium (3-4)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Floral (red roses), banana, VA, wild mushroom, strawberry cand, vegetal
FLAVOR: moderate acidity, extremely subtle tannins
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Allow this wine to breathe for about an hour in a carafe, then enjoy with roasted or smoked meats, and dishes with spices such as cumin or allspice.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Although Frenchtown Farm began as an ideological successor to the Clos Saron legacy, Cara and Aaron Mockrish have been through a rigorous process of exploration to find their own voice. Eye opening conversations with luminaries like Batiste Overnoy, Pescaline Lepeltier and Nicolas Gordo of Domaine Simon Bize have helped them develop new ideas about how to temper and communicate North Yuba’s monumental terroir to produce more youthful wines. Their vision has changed from a modern Californian project pooling fruit from many vineyards to produce cellar driven wines into a reflection of the French Vigneronne concept.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
Naggiar Vineyards is located in the Sierra Foothills at 1300’ elevation with 135 acre, 60 planted to almost exclusively Rhône, Italian, and Bordeaux varietals. Being environmentally friendly is a priority, minimizing erosion and inviting natural flora and fauna to organically condone ideal growing conditions.