2015 Whole Buncha Love®
Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, our funky wine with the groovy label is ready to party! The 2015 Whole Buncha Love® is a juicy, rustic red blend from Mendocino County!
This 2015 vintage of Whole Buncha Love® is not Pinot Noir: it is a blend of 28% Zinfandel, 28% Carignan, 27% Charbono, 12% Petite Sirah, and 5% Grenache, the latter of which was carbonically fermented. All of the fruit was from Testa Vineyard in Capella Valley in Mendocino. The vines were planted by Maria Martinson's great-grandparents in 1912. Organically farmed by Martinson and her family, the fruit was so beautiful, that although I planned to get just one ton of Zinfandel, I ended up with 5 1/2 tons of mixed "blacks." It was the winemaker equivalent of going to the grocery store hungry! Everything looked so good!
Initially, I set about trying to make the perfect blend, but in the end, I thought, "What if I tried 100% of everything - all together?" I did, and the result was lovely, so I let it be!
The grapes were fermented with just the natural yeast and bacteria and then aged in older barrels for 19 months. 201 cases were bottled on May 3, 2017.
This wine will be the hit of your summer barbeques, but will also be tasty with more elegant meals come the winter.
-- Kathleen Inman, Winemaker