2017 Folk Machine ‘A Red Herring Afternoon’ Dry Muscat
Region: Suisun Valley < California
Grapes: Muscat Canelli
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: organic farming; stainless steel fermentation; bottled in December 2016 after a light filtration, with 35ppm added SO2; 11.5% ABV
Winemaker: Kenny Likitprakong
The Folk Machine label comes to us from Kenny Likitprakong and falls under the umbrella of his Hobo Wine Company, which also houses his other labels – Banyan, Camp and Ghostwriter. The name Hobo came from his experience traveling the country in his early 20’s, journaling and pursuing the life of an American hobo. He found that this character was something of a forgotten treasure in our country’s landscape and he makes wine to channel this ideal. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t own any vineyards, nor does he want to. All of Kenny’s projects were founded with a theme in mind, and Folk Machine is where he nestles his more esoteric bottlings, all extremely small production. Kenny is young and laid back, but he’s no slouch – the wines are clean, precise and distinctive. And super tasty. Like this bone-dry Muscat, which Kenny says is the wine that he and the crew were most excited about during the harvest of 2017. Its aromatic and floral, with white nectarine and the tiniest touch of funk to make it interesting. Perfect hot tub wine (we road-tested that situation), with brunch or anytime you want a low-alcohol, mouth-watering refresher.