Monkey Jacket is 53% Valdiguié, 14% Carignan, 14% Red Field Blend, 8% Petite Sirah, 8% Tannat, 3% St. Laurent, 1% Pinot Noir from Mendocino, Solano, Napa Valley, Carneros, and the Sierra Foothills. The synergy of these diverse terroirs showcases the beauty of Northern California, while still remaining accessible.
Approximately 20% of the blend was fermented whole cluster. All of the grapes were fermented in concrete and then pressed into older French oak barrels, a few puncheons, concrete tanks, and a small amount of stainless steel with an eye on the transparency of fruit. Malolactic occurred naturally with the wine receiving a light sulfur addition immediately before bottling.
The palate is late summer in California, sunny and dry, with concentrated dried fruit. The finish is clean and ends with raspberry and rhubarb. The wine showcases the synergy of the diverse terroirs that make up Northern California while still remaining accessible enough to be a daily drinker. Bright, crunchy acidity, refreshing finish with just a bit of simple tannins that cleanse. If a red wine can be thirst-quenching then this is it. . 12.5% Alcohol