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|Grapes||Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, Tinta Ruiz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Francisca|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown|
A second label of Rootdown Wine Cellar by Mike Lucia, "Es Okay" is lighthearted in spirit and full of Northern California character. The red is a blend of 5 Portuguese varieties (touriga nacional, tinta cao, tinta roriz, tinta barroca, tinta francisca), each fermented separately with native yeast. The wine was punched down two times a day and pressed; the touriga nacional was partially fermented whole cluster (roughly 25% of the wine). The wine finished fermentation in stainless steel tank then was transferred to barrels where it finished malolactic fermentation. After aging in neutral barrels for 6 months, it was bottled in these charismatic, clear squat bottles and slapped with a goofy cat label. Although lighthearted, this wine skews more medium-bodied, with notes of ripe blueberry and blackberry and a touch of cacao nib driven by the touriga nacional. Sustainably grown.