In pursuit of a light-bodied, juicy Sangiovese that would be ready to drink fresh and young, we began experimenting with carbonic fermentation in 2013. Bunches are gently, lovingly placed in small tanks using extra caution not to crush any grapes. By leaving fruit whole, much less skin tannin – and color – is extracted. The light-bodied wine is meant to be drunk fresh.
In 2016, we created the new Carbonic Sangiovese label: Vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano’s black marker writing “Love You Bunches” on a plain, white background. Our goal was to create a whimsical package to match the playful nature of the wine. On the back label, Ruben’s handwriting advises “serve chilled”.
We enjoy “Love You Bunches” Carbonic Sangiovese straight out of the fridge. There’s seldom much left in the bottle by the time the temperature rises – the ultimate party wine – if one bottle is opened, we heartily recommend having at least 5 more bottles cold for backup.