Nebbiolo 2022


100% destemmed. Fermented on skins for three days. Aged in neutral oak for 4.5 months. Native
fermentation, no fining, no filtration, no other modifications or additions except 20 ppm of sulfur
dioxide the week before bottling. From winemaker Megan Bell: Tres Pinos Creek Vineyard is farmed by John Siletto, whose late father Ron Siletto was an
integral figure in the history of San Benito County viticulture. The Silettos have been farming in the region for the past 30 years and now manage a total of 125 acres with over 30 planted
varieties, most of them Italian and French varieties rarely seen in this country. All their acreage
is currently in its second year of organic conversion with a goal of certification. After making Négrette with grapes farmed by John Siletto for the first time in 2020, I had some
experience to help me determine the direction I would like to take more tannic red varietals from
San Benito in the future. Being extremely sensitive to tannic bitterness myself, I am striving to make more gentle versions of these types of red wines. This Nebbiolo explores the opposite end of the spectrum than the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, Italy to which the grape is native. This is a light and fruity wine with subtle hints of varietal character, rather than being a tannin bomb which requires years of cellaring before the optimal drinking period. What if Nebbiolo were fun?

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Type: Red
Vintage: 2022
Size: 750 mL
Grape: Nebbiolo
Region: San Benito County, California
Vinification: From the producer : Margins produces low-intervention wines using grapes from underrepresented regions, vineyards, and varietals. We are part of the growing movement in California to make wines from vineyards farmed organically or in organic conversion using minimal additives during the winemaking process, thereby showcasing the vineyards the grapes came from. Much like people living on the 'margins of society,' vineyards can be outcasts too. Most consumers of wine are only familiar with a handful of grape growing regions and types of wine. Margins draws attention to vineyards and varietals throughout northern and central California that find themselves on the margins without the recognition they deserve. Part of the Margins mission over the last five years has been to work with small growers to transition their vineyards from conventional to organic farming by providing guidance as well as assurance that the grapes will have a home. We believe that if we worked solely with organic vineyards, we would not be using our role in the industry to its full potential to enact agricultural change. As of vintage 2021, all the vineyards Margins works with are farmed organically.

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