This is a new find, thanks to an article I read on BonAppetit.com about natural wines. From her website: “After her initial exposure to grape farming and winemaking in Tuscany, Martha began a series of apprenticeships, sandwiched around a Master’s at UC Davis. Martha has had the pleasure of apprenticing under Reinhard Löwenstein (Heymann-Löwenstein, Mosel), Jordan Fiorentini (Chalk Hill, California) Chris Brockway (Broc Cellars, California), Clive Dougall (Seresin, Marlborough), Didier Barral (Léon Barral Faugères, France), and Giusto Occhipinti (COS, Sicily). Many of these teachers have remained a part of her life as she has moved toward her own vision of making responsibly farmed, terroir-driven wines in the land that she holds so dear in her heart, California.” The Venturi Vineyard was planted in 1946 and is dry farmed. That means these Carignan vines have to be in just the most perfect spot to survive California weather and not receive any supplemental irrigation. Combine that with farming, harvest, vinification, and aging techniques from a very knowledgeable winemaker and you are holding one of the finest Carignan bottlings domestically produced. 215 cases produced.
Label I.Q.: Carolyn Haydu is the artist for Martha’s wine labels.