Post Flirtation White, Martha Stoumen, 2020, California

Post Flirtation White, Martha Stoumen, 2020, California

Martha Stoumen

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Grape: 75% Colombard, 12% Marsanne, 9% Roussanne, 4% Muscat Blanc
Soil: Sand (Contra Costa), Gravelly Loam (Ricetti)
Age of Vines: unknown
Farming: Certified organic
Winemaking: Roussanne, Marsanne and Muscat blanc all tumbled in the press to get just a hint of skin contact before pressing, then co-fermented on lees in stainless steel. Colombard fermented on lees in stainless steel. Racked, blended, and bottled after 6 months.

This is always a fun wine to make, as it marks the beginning of harvest in late August. The Urban Edge Farm is located outside of Oakley, Contra Costa County (affectionately CoCo). The weather and soils of CoCo are reminiscent of the Mediterranean, with a hot land mass, super duper sandy soils, and a near constant cooling wind coming off of the very cold salty waters of the Carquinez Strait. The old vine Colombard in this blend is versatile, as it maintains basically the same sugar level and acidity on the vine from August to November. When picked in late August it reminds me of a featherweight Basque Txakoli (while our late season Colombard going into our Honeymoon has a more Chenin-like characteristics). The combination of these two vineyards results in a wine full of summer flavors, slightly salty, and extremely drinkable.

This thirst-quenching blend tastes like a margarita and a light white wine went on a date and got a tamari glazed dulce de leche for dessert. Lively aromas of grapefruit oil and salty clay mingle for a slightly spritzed sipper that meets you where you’re at.