The Wine: Populis Wabi-Sabi 2019
Caleb Leisure Mother Knows is a white skin-contact (orange wine) natural wine made from 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne organically farmed grapes from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California. Mother Knows is fermented in qvevri – Georgian terracotta amphorae – with 100% of skins and stems, where it's left for 7 months.
The Producer: Caleb Leisure
Caleb Leisure Wines is a small, one-person (aided greatly by the help of friends and family) natural wine project housed in Glen Ellen, CA. In 2014, after career adventures in academia and cheese, and formative internships in France, I returned to my native California to begin my own wine project. Before the 2017 harvest, I buried ten authentic Georgian qvevri in the earthen cellar at Coturri Winery. My winemaking is guided by ancient Georgian traditions and by properly grown organic and biodynamic California fruit. No additions or subtractions of any kind are made at any point of the winemaking process.(source: Caleb Leisure)
The Region: Mendocino County