2017 Unturned Stone 'The Hatchling'
Region: Potter Valley < Mendocino County < California
Grapes: Sauvignon Musqué
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming. Whole cluster pressed, fermented in concrete egg and stainless steel tank, 2-3 days skin contact, then rested 7 months in the egg before bottling. Total SO2 20ppm (that’s not much!!)
Winemaker: Erin Mitchell and Randy Czech
If you were one of the many fans of The Stowaway (featured last fall) from our friends Erin Mitchell and Randy Czech, you’ll be stoked to hear about the latest addition to their portfolio – The Hatchling. It’s 100% Sauvignon Musqué (a clone of Sauvignon Blanc) which is distinctively aromatic and results in a heady mix of lime blossom, coriander and fresh lemon grass in the glass. The golden in color is luxurious to look at and the brief bit of skin contact softens the mouthfeel just enough - it feels like silk going down the throat. Rich on the palette with pleasant acidity and a touch of balancing bitterness, it shows a spicy side of Sauvignon with kumquat, honeydew and savory spices. The vines are farmed organically by Luke Miller, who owns the Vecino Vineyard in Potter Valley. Luke farmed the organic McFadden vineyard next door and saved his money for years to buy this plot. It’s a super unique and delicious wine that seems perfect for this time of year when harvest flavors collide with late summer grilling. Sausages, roasted butternut squash, bring it on!