Oh, Natural! American Vintners Embrace Natural Wines

 

David Lynch (St. Vincent) wrote a great little piece on natural wine for Bon Appétit and includes our Grenache Blanc (new vintage available in June!).

Donkey & Goat: 2011 El Dorado Grenache Blanc
All the “naturalness” you can handle: foot-trodden grapes, wild yeast, low sulfur. A fleshy but mineral white and only 12.6 percent alcohol. $27;

…The fundamental principle of natural winemaking is: Do as little as possible to the wine. Eliminate chemicals from vineyards. When you harvest grapes, let fermentation begin spontaneously, using the ambient yeasts on the skins (industrial-leaning vintners peruse catalogs of yeast strains to custom engineer flavor profiles). Pick the fruit at a reasonable level of potential alcohol. And go easy on the oak–not that aging in oak barrels isn’t natural, but rather that a heavy oak influence is an adornment that goes against the minimal-intervention grain….

David Lynch, May 2013
Bon Appétit

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