Birdhorse 2019 Arneis, Mendocino County, CA, USA
BirdhorseWines 2019 Arneis, Mendocino County, CA, USA
Birdhorse is a new California label founded by co-winemakers Corinne Rich and Katie Rouse, alongside their dear friend and business manager Tyler Ernst. Corinne and Katie met while pursuing an M.S. in Viticulture & Enology at U.C. Davis, but soon after headed down to South Africa to work harvest in the southern hemisphere. It was there that they found their inspiration for their own label, Birdhorse. In their own words, their name, "represents both our personalities and our winemaking philosophy. Adventurous and fun, yet believers in great science and winemaking fundamentals." We were first introduced to Birdhorse just a few weeks after opening DECANTsf, when Corinne walked into the shop and after about 10 minutes of casual wine talk, shyly admitted she was there to introduce her own label to us. Even though we normally don't take well to cold-calling, we were so blown away by the wines and the pedigree of its creators (not to mention their mirroring small-business upstart), that we had to bring the wines on!
This is a brand new wine from Birdhorse, their first time producing Arneis. While not super commercially available here in the states, there are great representations of this Italian white grape popping up around Northern California; this might just be the best one that the ladies at Decant have tasted yet! It exudes richness and concentration, with just the slightest bit of nuttiness to round out the electric acidity on this wine.
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.
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. It proceeded through the most leisurely of fermentations, taking nearly three months to go completely dry. 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.
47 cases produced
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