Coturri Winery, "Albarello" 2020, Mendocino County, Sonoma, CA
This rustic red blend of Carignan, Zinfandel, and Petite Syrah has notes of tart cranberry, dark berry, and a bit of slate and sanguine notes.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Mendocino County
VINEYARDS: Blend, including Coturri Estate (Zinfandel)
GRAPES: 50% Carignan, 25% Estate Zinfandel, 25% Petite-Syrah
SOIL: Rocky red clay
PRACTICE: Organic farming, natural, dry-farmed
VINIFICATION: Feremented open top for 10 days, caps pushed down by hand 4 times per day, aged 11 months in French oak, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2.
COLOR: Medium purple
BODY: Medium to Full (7-8)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Tart cranberry, blood sausage, wet rocky earth
FLAVOR: Blueberry, steady acidity, oily umami texture, fresh finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Store at a cool temperature (around 55º F)
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
“We started working with Tony Coturri over 35 years ago, and it was one of his first experiences with wine made completely naturally. He is one of the people who shaped what our company has become. "Coturri Winery is located above the town of Glen Ellen in the appellation of Sonoma Mountain. The winery was founded in 1979 by Harry "Red" Coturri and his sons, Tony and Phil. Red began making wine with his father, Enrico Coturri in San Francisco during Prohibition and the Great Depression who immigrated to America from Farneta, Italy in 1901. Today, Tony Coturri is the custodian of the wine made at Coturri Winery and remains true to the methods of his predecessors and his lineage. Since 1964, Tony has made natural wine that includes the process of natural yeast fermentation, no sulfites, aging in oak barrels, and always with grapes from organic vineyards. Coturri wines consist of just grapes, pure and simple."
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
The Coturri Estate Vineyard is situated at the Coturri Winery along Enterprise Road on Sonoma Mountain. It is above the tiny hamlet of Glen Ellen in the region known as the Valley of the Moon. Red Coturri and his sons Phil and Tony first planted 2-acres of vines in 1967, and another 5-acres in 1975. The Estate Vineyard is a second generation planting - the first was pre-prohibition before the 1920's. The vineyard is comprised of primarily of Martini Monte Rosso Zinfandel clones on phylloxera resistant St. George rootstock, with approximately a half acre of Chardonnay. The Coturri Estate Vineyard is dry farmed, and head pruned in the traditional Italian goblet style.
The coolness of Sonoma Mountain and the low grape yield results in a very lush and soft style of Zinfandel. The Estate Zin always has a very broad on the palate feel, the wine spreads out through the mouth. We tend to let the fruit hang longer than most vineyards and consistently get a late harvest style of wine: very dark color, blackberries and apple pie in the nose, a sweet black fruit mid palate and supple and balancing acidity. This combination results in a good drinking, flavorful Zinfandel.
Only the best agricultural practices are employed at the Estate Vineyard and it receives special handling to ensure that something is growing in the soils all year round. Tony Coturri personally attends to the vines at the Estate vineyards.
Weeds are controlled by disking, and the resulting mulch captures important moisture for the dry farmed vines. The open head pruned vines or "monkey claw" controls mildew problems.
Like all of the vineyards grown and maintained by the Coturri's, no pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides are ever used on the Estate vineyard, and it is certified by the CCOF. In 1996, Tony and Phil Coturri earned top honors from the Sonoma Valley Ecology Center for Environmentally Friendly Business Practices with their viticultural farming and winemaking practices.