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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Lodi - Clements Hills|
|Grapes||Grenache, Barbera, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Alex Pitts and Marty Winters have carefully crafted wines from unique California vineyards since 2012, from their location on Berkeley’s Fourth St. Their approach, as dedicated “maîtres de chai” (cellar masters), is to highlight not only the specificities of each vineyard’s site (soil and climate) but also to contextualize their wines in the history of California winemaking back to the 19th century. Even the image on each of their bottles reflects Californian wine history in an intentional and nuanced way: the illustration of Lady Liberty (holding an open bottle of bubbly) and an off-duty grizzly (reclining against the barrel, glass in hand) originated from an 1883 book by San Francisco attorney and winemaker Emmett Rixford. This 2018 red table wine is MDC’s first blend: made primarily from barbera and grenache from Lodi, mixed with small amounts of zinfandel and cabernet. The blend beautifully brings together aspects of European and American reds: call it California on the nose, Italy on the palate. With aromas of cherry and pepper, its flavors are smooth and earthy, with subtle tannins and a touch of zinfandel spiciness on the finish. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.