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2020 Emme Wines 'they/them/theirs' Zinfandel/Carignan

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The Gist

  • Grape Varietal: Zinfandel & Carignan
  • Redwood Valley, Mendocino, CA
  • Certified organic farming
  • Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels
  • Unfined/Unfiltered
  • No added sulfur
  • 65 cases produced
  • 12.5% ABV 

"The only wine in my fall release from Ricetti Vineyard, they/them/theirs is an unusual
cofermentation of Zinfandel and Carignan. Picked just before the Willits Fire broke out
15 miles north of the vineyard, the Zinfandel came into the winery clean of smoke taint,
and was footcrushed for fermentation on skins.

Two days later, the Carignan was harvested under the smoke from the Willits Fire. Due
to the risk of smoke taint, the Carignan was pressed directly, with no smoke taint. I then
mixed a portion of the pressed Carignan juice over the fermenting Zinfandel, and left the
blend to ferment on skins for another 5 days. The result is a wine that tastes primarily of
Zinfandel (due to the Zinfandel skin contact), but with an added acidity from the direct to
press Carignan juice.

Tasting Notes: Fresh blackberry and potting soil, crunchy acid, blue and black fruits on
the verge of ripeness."

-Rosalind, the winemaker