Eric and Joel on this wine: “To the beach, to the pool, to the mountain, or riding a bike, wine usually reserved for bottles can be a roadie, too. The can is a perfect lightweight, single-serving vessel, and our goal is to make a canned wine that is bursting with personality and deliciousness, and hypnotic art by Jen Stark. Old vine French Colombard takes us to that happy place with a light fruitiness. The flavors of this variety on its own seemed to be round and show melon and marshmallow notes, so by adding the Barbera and a touch of Chenin blanc, we were able to give the wine more definition and minerality on the palate.”
Grapes: 60% French Colombard, 25% Barbera, 15% Chenin Blanc
the Colombard comes from the Ricetti Vineyard in Redwood Valley, just north of Ukiah. Vines planted in the 1950s, dry farmed, certified organic.
Barbera is from Testa Vineyard in Redwood Valley, certified organic
Chenin Blanc comes from Norgard Vineyard in Talmage, certified sustainable (soon organic), planted in 1980
Making of: French Colombard and Barbera are both late-ripening varieties, but were picked pretty early here. The Barbera (a red grape) was quite heavily cropped, so it had very high acidity and very little color. Direct-pressed, settled for a day, then racked to tank. When the natural fermentation started, the must was transferred to a number of non-stainless steel vessels: large format oak, concrete eggs, and sandstone amphora, where the wines then rested on their lees for five months. The wines were then racked and blended with the Chenin blanc to bring up the minerality. The wine was not fined, but the winemakers decided to filter it because “when you are drinking wine out of a can, you want that last sip to be as good as the first,” Joel says.
Personality: white peach, honeydew melon, and grapefruit, along with hints of wet stone. The palate is lightly sparkling and shows melon and grapefruit, and vibrates with a gentle sparkle and racy acidity. “Drinking this on a hot summer day, we’re even reminded of our favorite childhood soft drink, Squirt, which we’d gulp straight from the can while we played by the pool,” the guys say.