2019-C Reeve Pinot Noir "Ya Moon" Vecino Vineyard, Mendocino, California (750ml)
A Red Cellar Trio Wine Club Selection
This wine is a bright ruby red color and has complex aromas of red fruit and dried sage. The palate shows red cherry and cranberry, with savory herbs and a touch of sassafras. With great structure and a lovely balance of tannin to acid, this is the perfect wine to enjoy slightly chilled with your Holiday feast!
Noah and Kelly Dorrance are the husband and wife team behind Reeve Wines. The couple met and fell in love after college when they both returned to their hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Noah’s work and growing interest in wine took them to Paris, then through the Tuscan countryside, where they married, before ultimately moving to Northern California to build a life together. In 2015 they launched Reeve Wines on a wild and rolling hillside estate property in Healdsburg, California, as an exploration of Noah’s love for California wines produced from land that tells a story. What began as a creative outlet to complement the runaway success of Banshee Wines, the wine label Noah started with friends in 2009, soon grew to be something so singular it refused to be relegated to a side project.
This wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes (Clones 115 and Pommard) from the Vecino Vineyard, which is biodynamically farmed. Biodynamic farming goes beyond using just organic fertilizers and methods, and includes such techniques as combating powdery mildew with tea made from stinging nettles, and spreading compost during ascending moons. Winemakers and gardeners alike believe the results of biodynamics extend right into your wineglass, thanks to the power of the moon. The lunar calendar categorizes days into four groups (flower, fruit, leaf, and root) based on where the moon is in accordance with various constellations. Fruit days occur when the moon is in any of the fire signs, like Sagittarius or Aries, so grapes might be optimal for pruning and picking at these times because grapes are a fruit. Some people dismiss biodynamics as nonsense. Others note that if the moon is strong enough to generate ocean tides, it is strong enough to influence plant metabolisms and therefore taste. In the end, it’s what makes the name of this wine—Ya Moon—so appropriate.
After a one year hiatus due to California wildfires, 2019 brings a triumphant return for the Vecino Vineyard “Ya Moon”. The wine was made using primarily carbonic maceration. In this process the whole clusters are sealed in a vessel that is rich in CO₂. Fermentation then begins largely inside each individual grape at an intercellular level. The stylistic result is wines that are bright, fresh and light as they do not extract as much from the skins and have reduced exposure to oxygen. The wine was then aged for only three months in a mixture of old French oak and stainless steel. It was bottled with a bare minimum amount of sulfur for shelf stability.