Stirm " Calcite " 2022 White Blend Natural Wine 750ml

Grapes: Chardonnay 56% & Riesling 44% from 25 to 60 year old vines

Region: Cienega Valley AVA, California 

Winemaker notes: Calcite is the predominant parent material of the soils found in the Cienega Valley AVA; an ancient limestone rock that weathers into an alkaline soil suitable for wine grapes of intense flavor, acidity, and sense of place. A true rarity in California.

The grapes were picked by hand over several passes between three different vineyards. At the winery the grapes were given 24 hours of whole cluster maceration to extract tannins, aroma, and flavor compounds in the skins (Riesling/Scheurebe) and direct press (Chardonnay). No sulfur was added to allow the juice to oxidize. After a 36 hour cold settle in tank, the clean juice was racked off the solids to another barrels for spontaneous fermentation. The wine was sulfured post completion of secondary fermentation with elevage in barrel on fine lees. Racked off fine lees a month prior to bottling. Unfined and unfiltered. 387 cases produced.