Niccolo Arturo Coturri, Testa Field Blend 1L
Brand Sonoma Mtn. Winery
This absolutely delicious blend of Zinfandel, Carignan and Barbera is bottled as a one liter with a crown cap. Nic's father has been working with the Testa vineyard since 2002 but it's origins go back to at least 1925 when Italian immigrants, looking for inexpensive land on which to grow grapes, would go as far north as the trolleys would take them. Nic told us a fascinating story about how, during prohibition, the grape growers would drive their grapes to the Terminal Market in San Francisco everyday to sell them to local immigrants who would make their allowance of home wine.
The Testa vineyard, located near Calpella north of Ukiah, in Mendocino county is home to many of the original vines from the 1920s. The Carignan is almost 100 years old and the Zinfandel and Barbera are about 30 years old. The grapes for the 2017 vintage were harvested only two days before the Mendocino fires began. The wine was fermented in open top fermenters and aged nine months in 600 liter neutral French oak barrels. Absolutely delicious brambly fruit and great balance.