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Martha Stoumen

Mendocino Benchlands 2021

$37.00

Mendocino Benchlands 2021

Martha Stoumen

Mendocino Benchlands 2021

$37.00

40% Petite Sirah, 37% Zinfandel, 23% Nero d’Avola

Our pool sipper, sun kisser, skinny dipper – this year's Benchlands is all play. Expect grown up Hawaiian Punch with a buoyant texture and notes of orange, pluot and tart raspberry.

The Mendocino Benchlands blend was resurrected in 2019 (original vintage was 2015) as a result of a new vineyard we started leasing and farming in 2019 in Mendocino County called Chiarito-Ling. Deviating from the 2015 and 2019 vintages a smidge, in 2020 we also added some juicy carbonic Petite Sirah from both of our self-farmed vineyards to bring some blue fruit to the blend. This wine is inspired by the Italian farming tradition where grapes were planted on the poorer soils of the uplifted benchlands of Mendocino County (the rich valley floor soils were reserved for vegetables). All of the vineyards in this blend are planted on those uplifted benchlands.

-Martha Stoumen