Vinca Minor, Light Red Field Blend, Mendocino
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Vinca Minor, Light Red Field Blend, Mendocino - 2020

Item # 26736 750mL
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Certified Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.

Tasting Notes

A lively red blend that is best served lightly chilled. Made from a blend of red and white grapes that were sourced from certified organic vineyards in Redwood Valley in Mendocino. Grapes were co-fermented with stems and aged for 7 months in neutral french oak barrels.

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Staff Pick Notes

When it’s hot and humid it can be hard to get excited about a glass of red wine. Enter the chilled reds. Game changing for those who love red wine but aren't down with a 15% alcohol hearty Cab in the middle of August. Vinca Minor's Mendocino red is a delightful blend of 35% French Colombard, 35% Carignan, and 30% Valdiguie that's co-fermented with stems and aged for 7 months in neutral French oak. It’s a vivid cherry violet color. It’s approachable and quaffable with smooth tannins. The palate is full of tart raspberries and luscious red cherries. Don't let summer heat kill your red wine vibe.

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