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Mendo Blendo 2020, Tollini Vineyard

Mendo Blendo 2020, Tollini Vineyard
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The blended noble beast. A high class ass. Call it what you like and kick off your heels, this brawny yet silky blend is not shy on personality. 100% sourced from the sustainably farmed Tollini Vineyard in Mendocino each year, the core of the wine is built from the more robust varieties. We bring a little zip and balance with fruitier and spicy blended flavors. Enjoy now or lay it down, this wine lets you have your cake and eat it too. 

  • Blend:
  • 58% Petite Sirah
  • 21% Syrah
  • 14% Grenache
  • 7% Carignane
Wine Specs
Vintage
2020
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Redwood Valley
Vineyard Designation
Tollini Vineyard
Acid
6.7 g/L
pH
3.44
Aging
24 months in 16% new American oak barrels, 8% 2-year-old Hungarian oak barrels, 76% neutral old barrels
Bottling Date
11/30/2022
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This Mendo Blendo vintage packs a punch, or maybe it’s more of a muley kick. Deep intense aromatics of black plum and ripe blackberry mingle with traces of fine herbs, black pepper and forest floor. From the first sip, the concentrated dark flavors deliver a wow factor. The structure envelopes the chewy flavors of black raspberry and wild plum. Spicy pepper and cedar appear mid-palate and linger as the wine satiates the senses.
Vineyard Notes
Our Mendo Blendo reflects the two realities inherent in all interesting wines: place and people. The place being Mendocino County and the people (besides Jamie and myself) being Alvin and Sally Tollini, who grew the grapes that produced this wine. Though we would never trade living in and producing wines from Dry Creek Valley, I’ve always enjoyed Mendocino County, its people, and its wines. Mendocino County winegrowing is an important part of my history. I began my winegrowing career in December 1973 as a vineyard worker for Frey Vineyards in Mendocino’s Redwood Valley. We began producing our Zero Manipulation wine from the Tollini’s Home Ranch “Wild Vines” Carignane in 2000, and have produced it every year since. Alvin Tollini is a thirdgeneration Redwood Valley grower and a wonderful person, as well as an exceptional grape grower.
Winemaker Notes
When Alvin offered us some of his Petite Sirah grapes, we were excited to produce a wine with the Tollini Mendocino Petite Sirah at its core. With 58% Petite Sirah along with 21% Syrah, 14% Grenache and 7% Carignane—all from Tollini Vineyard—we couldn’t legally call the wine a Petite Sirah, but wanted to come up with a fun name to reflect its origins. The name Mendo Blendo is our wink and a nod to Mendocino’s other agricultural crop of note.
Food Pairing Notes
Not for the faint of heart, this wine deserves an equally hearty pairing. Try it with an all-meat pizza with extra cheese, or chorizo bison chili with smoky paprika added to spice it up.