Superbloom, 2020, California
Grapes: Roussanne, Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Picpoul Blanc, Carignan
Vineyard: Love Ranch vineyard
Region: Madera County, Mendocino, California, USA
Soil: Granitic schist
Harvest: By hand, organic
Winemaking: Cofermented, carbonic fermentation in 3 batches. Fermented in stainless steel, with native primary and malolactic fermentation.
Elevage: Stainless steel
Winemaker: Joel Burt, Eric Wareheim
Is it dark pink? Or, is it light red? This is the second vintage of Superbloom, our zero-zero wine that defies categorization. You know that moment right after sunset, before the stars are out in full—what poets call the “violet hour”? That’s the moment to open this wine. Call it a nighttime rosé, if you’d like. Drink it with food and friends for a perfect summer apéro.
Our wild idea with this wine was to co-ferment red and white Rhône varieties from a single vineyard, then to keep it completely natural by adding nothing and taking nothing away in the cellar. This vintage contains about a third red and two thirds white grapes. We call this a “California Table Wine,” but don’t be fooled by the humble name. Superbloom is a complex, utterly unique wine that expresses the specialness of Love Ranch vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. The red grapes give this wine a spicy nose and plenty of texture, while the white grapes add beautiful watermelon and rhubarb notes, plus a clean, mineral finish.
Superbloom is named after the wildflowers that erupt in the desert after a wetter-than-normal rainy season. They’re a sign that winter is over and warmer, happier days are ahead. We know that spring has not yet sprung in a lot of the country—but in the meantime, you can sip on Superbloom and dream of warm California nights.