2018 'Ab Ovo'
Region: El Dorado + Sierra Foothills < California
Grapes: 70% Mourvedre, 30% Marsanne
Vineyard/cellar stats: Organic/biodynamic farming; volcanic loam and decomposed granite soils; partial carbonic, whole cluster co-fermentation in Georgia qvevri; elevage continues in the qvevri for six months before bottling, unfined/unfiltered and with zero additions; zero-zero; 12.3% ABV
Winemaker: Caleb Leisure
Caleb Leisure is a one man show determined to turn back the clock in the California winemaking scene. Way Back! Caleb's winemaking is guided by ancient Georgian traditions. Caleb utilizes qveri, huge handmade, clay based wine making vessels that, unlike their cousin amphora, must be buried in the earth. Only organic and biodynamic fruit is used in Caleb's wines, and nothing is added or subtracted in the winemaking process. According to Caleb, his winemaking is a reaction to the California wine industry that is obsessed with modern techniques and control, an industry that is willing to blast wines with chemicals and arcane machines.
Like this super fun wine, 'Ab Ovo', a whole cluster, partially carbonic co-ferment of red and white grapes. Tart and tangy, with high-toned, wild red fruit and flowers, spice, soft tannins, bright acidity and an earthy, mineral driven finish, this is a super natty Cali take on a Southern Rhone classic.