2020 D. Marioni X Fres.Co Miho Primitivo Piquette
Region: Sonoma < California
Vineyard/cellar stats: Organic, regenerative farming; 2nd pressing of
Primitivo skins/pumice with spring water, conditioned with Primitivo
juice for the refermentation; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added
So2; zero-zero; 11% ABV.
Winemaker: Jack Sporer + Dan MarioniDan Marioni (Winemaker, Sonoma Mountain Winery + Founder of Scribe)
and Jack Sporer (Fres.Co) are two born and raised Sonoma chaps.
Friends since they were youngsters, they are now making wine under the
same roof in their hometown at Jack's new natural wine
collective/custom crush facility in Sonoma. After working 10 harvests
in 5 countries , Jack started the Fresh Wine Co. to support local
farmers and highlight Sonoma Valley's growing commitment to
regenerative agriculture. Explains Jack: "Regenerative grape farming
is of paramount importance to the Fresh Wine Company. We work with
grape farmers dedicated to changing the agricultural paradigm in
Sonoma Valley, hoping to heal the earth and the community. These
farmers have transitioned several properties from conventional strip
spraying to regenerative and sustainable practices. Working without
synthetic pesticides, conserving groundwater, and improving soil tilth
to sequester carbon and protect waterways are practices central to the
Fresh Wine Company's mission."
This is one of the first wine projects we've seen coming out the gate
with such a strong commitment to regenerative farming, which is
incredible and hopefully serves as a model for more wine projects to
come. And we're LOVING the juice these guys are producing, like these
piquettes. ICYMI, piquette is a peasant beverage hailing back to the
18th century, made by adding water to pressed grape skins, in this
case Jack's own Primitivo, farmed regeneratively. It was traditionally
drunk by laborers in the vineyards and winery, but has been
rediscovered by the natural wine world, as many producers are catching
on to the efficiency of recycling the grape musts to create a second
product. And consumers are also embracing the refreshing, low-ABV
qualities of Piquette. Win win!
This purple-hued elixir is a unique co-ferment of both traditional
wine (Primitivo) with the piquette made from Primitivo skins/pumice,
done in a sparkling style. It's dark-fruited and lean, crunchy and
spicy, with a distinct piney quality. Dan says "get a bottle, let
your hair down and dance". We agree -- this is refreshing, low ABV
wine to keep the party going!
SERVING NOTES: Chill for 30-40 minutes. No need to freeze this one
before opening, it is not explosive.