Birdhorse 2020 Arneis, Mendocino County, CA, USA
Birdhorse Wines 2020 Arneis, Mendocino County, CA, USA
Winemakers: Corinne Rich & Katie Rouse
Terroir: From just outside Talmage, CA, the vines are 30 years-old, organically farmed (no certification) and grown on Russian River loam, within ear-shot of the river itself. This wine was harvested from two different clones of the Piemontese white variety on the loamy banks of the Russian River in the heart of the Mendocino AVA. Glenn McGourty, a UC farm advisor for over 30 years, planted this parcel of the Spirit Canyon Vineyards in 1994.
Vinification: Grapes were hand harvested and whole-cluster pressed on the same day. As a nod to its Piedmontese origins, this wine was natively fermented in a bodacious, 500L puncheon and stirred on lees until just before bottling. Minimal sulfur added.
Tasting notes: This wine is as savory and fresh as they come, with heaps of herbaceous and spring garden aromatics. Layered with roasted fennel, warm honey and green fig, along with hints of tangerine, lemons and fresh sage, it is a dynamic option for those seeking out a unique white wine.