2020 Monte Rio Cellars Coferment
Region: Lodi < California
Grape: Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming (uncertified); Whole cluster fruit, carbonic fermentation for 10 days. The fruit was pressed and fermentation finished in stainless steel, then transferred to old wood barrels for 5 months; bottled unfiltered with minimal So2; 10.5% ABV; 200 cases
Winemakers: Patrick Cappiello and Pax Mahle
Founded by somm (of many fancy places, winner of numerous accolades) Patrick Cappiello and Pax Mahle (one of our favorite local winemakers), Monte Rio Cellars is a collaboration of these two wine talents to showcase the underdog grapes, winemaking styles, and growing sites across California’s North Coast. They're making what one might call "sommelier wines" - light, low ABV, crushable, the kind of thing you can drink late at night after your floor shift without ruining the next morning. We dig this style.
You can tell from the neon pink color that this Coferment is going to be a fun wine, the bottle that gets drained quickly at a gathering. Light, bright, spicy, and chuggable without being simple, this is as joyful and easy-drinking as it looks. There are some green notes from the Petit Verdot, and a nice layer of earthiness to balance the juicy fruit. Made for outdoor BBQs and picnics, but be sure to tote multiple bottles as one just won't do...
SERVE SLIGHTLY CHILLED.