Charlie and Echo Dark Star 2020
San Diego County (Dulzura, CA)
Valentina Vineyard (Non-certified Organic, Zero Herbicides)
42% Nebbiolo, 21% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 17% Syrah
Dark plum, red cherry, black and green peppercorns, and tar. Extra Brut. Creamy bubbles.
Vegan. Gluten-free. Total SO2 = 16 ppm.
Grapes harvested and destemmed between 8/27 and 9/8 of 2020. Syrah and Petite Sirah were crushed; Nebbiolo and Zinfandel were not. Small amounts of juice drawn off and kept chilled to form a sweet reserve for later tirage. All spontaneous fermentations. Grapes were pressed on a long, slow cycle in separate lots between 5 and 7 days after harvest. Cuvee cut and portion of free run transferred to neutral vessel. On 12/30/20, wine combined with sweet reserve and transferred into stainless steel Charmat tank, and sealed so wine would naturally carbonate as fermentation finished. After fermentation complete, wine chilled and sulfited. Bottled in early May of 2021.
A sibling to the still 2020 Two Tons (same harvest, different press cut and vinting). Perfect wine for warm weather grilling. “My body flies the galaxy”