Breaking Bread 2019 Grenache, Redwood Valley, Mendocino, CA - DECANTsf

Breaking Bread 2019 Grenache, Redwood Valley, Mendocino, CA

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Erik Miller, founder and winemaker of Kokomo Winery, was inspired to join in California's new love for wines that are lighter in alcohol, crunchy in acidity, and bright in appearance.
  • Winemaker: Erik Miller
  • Variety: Grenache
  • Farming: Certified Sustainable
  • Terroir: 100% dry-farmed Tollini Vineyard of Redwood Valley, Mendocino County in 2002. The terrain is defined by its elevation and distinctive soils, which tend to be very red in color and consist of alluvial loam and gravel. The region’s cool evenings extend the growing season well into October. These climate conditions, as well as the fact that the vineyard is dry-farmed, enables the grapes to attain physiological maturation at a lower brix level.
  • Vinification: 100% whole-cluster fermentation in open-top fermentors
  • Aging: 7 months in 100% neutral French oak. 
  • Tasting Notes: The defining characteristic is whole-cluster fermentation (carbonic maceration), which lends a crunchy, herbaceous character to the wine. The goal is a very hands-off approach to winemaking that highlights the purity of fruit, and deliciousness of a lighter-bodied red wine that preferably should be served slightly chilled.

  • Erik Miller had been making wine for sixteen years and with the development of a more traditional brand, had a solid foundation in winemaking as it pertains to microbiology and fermentation science. When he decided to start Breaking Bread, it was very important to him, artistically, to build something completely different than his first conception, Kokomo. He wanted to be challenged in his craft as a winemaker and he also wanted to understand fermentation from a different perspective that could possibly play a part in future Kokomo vintages. 


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