2014 Martha Stoumen Teal Drops Rosé
Martha Stoumen is one of California’s rising star winemakers. A Davis grad, she worked and traveled in Europe and New Zealand before coming back home to California to make her own wine. Martha’s wines have purity, personality, and complexity. They are not overtly intellectual but there is more to them than meets the eye, and each additional sip can be a revelation.
Vineyard: The Zinfandel was sourced from a 51-year-old vineyard in the Green Valley in Solano County with decomposed indigenous rock. The Carignan came from the sandstone laden Venturi Vineyard in Mendocino County. It has been dry farmed since it was first planted in 1948.
Farming: Practicing organic.
Vinification: Whole cluster pressed. Fermented and aged on its lees in neutral oak barrels (the Zinfandel spent two and a half years in barrel and the Carignan one year less). Blended and racked March 2017. Unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Note: Savory with an herbal – tarragon, hibiscus, citrus – tea like flavor.
Food Pairing: I’m thinking roasted monkfish or mushroom frittata because of the earthiness. Martha would pair, “Tuna Niçoise Salad, Chicken with herbs, Oysters, Lobster/Crab, Summer Squash, Kale Salad, Cesar Salad.”