Tessier Winery 2021 'Soul Love' Skin-Contact Blend, California
A chillable light "glou glou" made in tribute to David Bowie.
- Winemaker: Kristie Tacey
- Farming: Organic
- Variety: skin-contact Riesling from Arroyo Secco, Mourtaou and Merlot
- Arroyo Seco appellation, which literally means “dry riverbed,” begins in a steep, narrow gorge at the foot of the Santa Lucia mountain range in Monterey County. Moving east, the topography widens and eventually opens up to the warm, fertile soil of the Salinas Valley. Deep in the canyon, vineyards are shielded from characteristic afternoon winds and thus experience warmer temperatures. As the canyon opens to the valley floor, the afternoon Pacific Ocean breeze cools the grapes, tempering their growth and intensifying the fruit flavors.
- San Benito: While many who visit the area might think of it as a hot region, the truth is cool ocean breezes that come through the gaps of the surrounding Gabilán range, make the valleys of San Benito cooler than those in Napa Valley. The diversity of temperatures and elevations in the region allows growers to cultivate everything from cool climate Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer to more sun loving Zinfandel and Sangiovese. There are even winemakers in the area that are experimenting with a rare grape called Cabernet Pfeffer aka Mourtau.
- Santa Cruz Mountains is, as its name suggests, a mountainous AVA that sits between Monterey Bay and San Francisco. The rugged terroir in the mountains can be extremely trying for vignerons, but those who persevere are rewarded with some of California's most celebrated wines. Distinct aromas and flavor profiles derived from mineral-rich soils, elevated mountainside vineyards, and the cooling marine effect from nearby bays and open ocean – this is the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.
- Vinification: Native Fermentations
- Aging: Stainless steel
- Tasting Note: Tropical flowers, guava and marionberry aromas with Hawiian punch flavors followed by grippy tannin.
- ONLY 20ppm So2