Tasty Waves Piquette
Mendocino County, CA
Syrah, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Muscat, Viognier, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise, Picpoul, Roussanne, Carignan, Chenin Blanc, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot
This one is like a fun, frothy Lambrusco-type beverage, with tart fruit and ripping acidity to cut through fat and salt -- which makes it a perfect companion for happy hour with a cheese/salumi board, or pizza, or taco night.
From the Winemakers: "The 2020 Tasty Waves Piquette is made by rehydrating the grape pomace (solids off of which the wine is pressed including skins and often stems) re-extract sugar, flavor and texture. The result is a very light and low-in-alcohol wine - think of it like the second steeping of tea - lighter but with many of the same flavors. We used fifteen different grapes for this Piquette, pressing off and blending each lot after a week or so on the skins with the water and grape must mixture. As each fermentation was pressed off, we blended it all into one stainless tank. We added back an unfermented Merlot rosé (at 25 brix) to the blend and bottled the juice under crown cap. The unfermented must restarted the fermentation process, giving the Piquette a very lively effervescence. As always, bottled unfined, unfiltered with no addition of SO2."