Vinca Minor, Field Blend Red, Mendocino
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Vinca Minor, Field Blend Red, Mendocino - 2019

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 35% French Colombard, 35% Carignan & 30% Valdiguie 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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Astor's Glossary of Terms


Colombard was traditionally used, with Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche, to make cognac. It fell out of fashion in France in the 1970s, but at the same time caught on in California, and soon became the most widely planted grape in the state (where it was known as French Colombard). There, it was widely used to produce sweet yet crisp bulk wines. Seeing what the Americans had done, the French would...

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California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up...

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