Vinca Minor, Mendocino Carignan, 2019
Hawkeye Ranch, Mendocino, California
Carignan from 86 year old vines in Hawkeye Ranch, a dry-farmed and certified organic vineyard that was planted in the early 1900s in the Redwood Valley where the soils are redvine, red clay strewn with fist sized rocks.
Grapes are hand harvested and the wine is aged in neutral french oak. Unfined and unfiltered, with 10 parts per million of sulfur added.
This is the very first wine that Vinca Minor started their winery with back in 2013. Fresh blackberries, violets and cedar. Feels more observed than imagined — a brush-covered hillside; wild thyme and crushed blackberries.