Superbloom 'Cuvée Zero-Zero' 2021
21% Mourvèdre | 19% Marsanne | 15% Roussane | 14% Carignan | 11% Viognier | 10% Grenache Noir | 7% Grenache Blanc | 3% Picpoul Blanc
Is it dark pink? Or is it light red? This is the fourth vintage of Superbloom, our zero-zero wine that defies categorization. You know that moment right after sunset, before the stars are out in full — what poets call the “violet hour”? That’s the moment to open this wine. Call it a nighttime rosé, if you’d like. Drink it with friends for a perfect summer apéro.
Our wild idea with this wine was to co-ferment red and white Rhône varieties from a single vineyard, then to keep completely natural by adding nothing and taking nothin away in the cellar. All vintages of this wine contain about a third red and two-thirds white grapes. We call this “California Table Wine,” but don’t be fooled by the humble name. Superbloom is a complex, utterly unique wine that expresses the specialness of Love Ranch vineyard in the sierra Foothills. The red grapes give this wine a spicy nose and plenty of texture, while the white grapes add beautiful salted watermelon and rhubarb notes, plus a clean, mineral finish.
Superbloom is named after the wildflowers that erupt in the desert after a wetter-than-normal rainy season. They’re a sign that winter is over and warmer, happier days are ahead. We know that spring has not yet sprung in a lot of the country — but in the meantime, you can sip Superbloom and dream of warm California nights.
This is a carbonic co-ferment wine that we made in several tanks, each of which we treated differently. We treated this wine to cold carbonic macerations from 11-14 days long. After press, we fermented the juice from each lot separately in stainless steel. We combined the lots once they were dry. Primary and malo-lactic fermentation were native. There have been no additions to this wine.