The Wine: Post Flirtation Rosé 2021
Martha Stoumen Post Flirtation Rosé is a natural wine made from a blend of 88% Zinfandel, 12% Vermentino. Martha says: "We only make this wine when the timing is right. The 2021 brings a parade of watermelon agua fresca and red clay on the nose. Lemon curd, acacia, and prickly pear on the palate cartwheel into a precise, dry finish. As usual, Post Flirtation Rosé never fails to delight with subtlety and substance."
The Producer: Martha Stoumen
From the producer's website
Martha Stoumen Wines was founded upon the desire to recapture a farming and winemaking culture that has all but faded away: a winemaking culture of patience.
For my wines I lease and farm around half of the vineyards myself. The other half are farmed by multi-generation farmers who understand their land, and their family's land, far better than I ever will, and who farm with my same philosophies in mind. Patience in the vineyard means composting rather than adding synthetic fertilizers, allowing predatory insects the ability to outcompete pests rather than spraying insecticides, and doing proper handwork, such as pruning for vine longevity rather than high yields.
In the cellar, I use a minimalist winemaking approach. Patience in the cellar means letting the natural yeast and bacteria present on the grape skins perform fermentation, and allowing longer macerations and aging to provide stability rather than using added tannin, acid, or stabilizing agents in my wines. Above all, I strive to make wines that are delicious, joyful, and truly representative of California.
The Region: Mendocino County