It had to be done...
(Don't worry, this is just Part I.)
Having successfully completed the cider experiment, subnaught cellars has embarked on the process of making wine. Grapes were obtained from the good people at Brehm Vineyards with the vital assistance of Laser Jock J and the Vac Line Villain (who also took the above photo).
No SO2, no added yeast, no acidulation, no chaptalization, no temperature control other than a 30 year-old gas furnace without a thermostat. The must spent a total of 28 days on the skins. Pressing, shown below, occurred on New Years Day, as per the
biodynamic Gregorian calendar.
Those of you who are especially curious can follow along here.
The 2008 Vinos de Terrunos Siete 7 Navarra is good, honest wine. The nose is not shy, it really does leap from the glass. Any berry you can think of, you are sure to find. The palate is not gloopy like blueberry pie, no it's rather succulent like blueberries in your morning granola. And as the wine works its way through your mouth, it lets you know that it is Wine and not just fruit: spice, earth, leather, game, fresh droppings from a heritage, graphite-fed pig, it's all there. And all for $12...
(Organic garnacha and tempranillo, raised in stainless steel, brought in by hot-shot Spanish importer Jose Pastor.)