2019 Raft Wines Et Al Picpoul Blanc

2019 Raft Wines Et Al Picpoul Blanc

Regular price $26

Region: El Dorado County < California

Grapes: 100% Picpoul Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: uncertified organic farming; fermented in
stainless, goes through natural malolactic fermentation; bottled
unfined/unfiltered with minimal SO2; 12.3% ABV

Winemaker: Jennifer Reichardt

Born and bred in Sonoma County, California, Jennifer Reichardt's
family raises Sonoma County Poultry and Liberty Ducks.  Barely thirty
now, Jennifer grew up surrounded by quality food production, and the
lessons she learned while immersed in the family business inform her
winemaking.  While she still runs the family duck farm as her day job,
she decided wine was more her thing, so in 2011, Jennifer started
working harvests for neighboring vineyards in Sonoma.  She continued
to cultivate her craft and in 2016 launched her own brand, Raft.   An
homage to her roots, a "raft" is a community to waterfowl.  Jennifer's
philosophy is to craft a wine to be shared with the community.

Jennifer sources her grapes from small plots of organically farmed
vines, like this Picpoul Blanc from the Saureel Vineyard in El Dorado
County, from young vines, which makes for great Picpoul Blanc. a
southern French variety that is rarely grown in California.  In the
Languedoc where the grape is common, Picpoul makes a zesty, high-acid,
mouth-puckering white that screams for oysters (what grows together
goes together - in this region, Picpoul grows alongside the oyster
beds).   Jennifer's version is one of the best Picpouls we've had
outside of France, as crisp, clean and zippy as the Frenchie original.
It smells of fresh, sun-warmed lemons, with that lemony character
carrying through on a wave of  bright acidity, though there is
backbone of richer fruit thanks to the ML.  Serve very cold, with
briny oysters, or really any seafood. So refreshing for the dog days
of summer.

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