Easy to use, and cheap to operate is the light hearted motto for this serious red wine blend. Crafted exclusively from the sustainably farmed Tollini Vineyard old vines in Mendocino each year since the 2000 vintage. We strive to create a wine with all the delicious, quaffable nature of a bistro wine and still remain honestly reflective of its terroir. By forgoing manipulative winemaking practices and additives, we create a wine much more natural than the elusive Jackalope mascot.
- 58% Carignane
- 23% Grenache
- 15% Syrah
- 4% Petite Sirah
As the wine opens, aromas of dusty red berries—juicy strawberry and young raspberry—fill the nose. The bright entry soon reveals the depth, concentration and structure of this delicious blend. Deep spicy notes intertwine with red and dark berries, plum, and hints of rhubarb and savory herbs. A rich essence of dried strawberry lingers in the long finish. This value-driven wine tastes like a high-end Rhône red. Drink it now, and cellar a case or two to see how it evolves.
The traditional head trained, dry farmed Carignane blocks were planted by Alvin Tollini’s father and grandfather. The Syrah and Grenache were planted by Alvin with the same time-honored techniques and sustainable approach. All sit on southwest facing benches in the Redwood Valley.
Zero Manipulation is the winemaking philosophy that we employ on all of our wines. Our definition of Zero Manipulation is using the gentlest winemaking techniques possible to maximize flavors, aromas and the original essence of the grapes from the given vineyard and vintage. The less you do in the course of a wine’s tenure in the cellar, the more of the grape’s, vineyard’s, and vintage’s essence you’ll have to bottle. Every time you do something to a wine, you take out a little of what you started with. We endeavor to share with you as much of the grapes true essence in every bottle; naturally, sustainably, and with a mind to being easy on your wallet.
Our Zero Manipulation is blended using 100% Tollini Vineyard fruit, and is the first in our line of wines honoring this great vineyard and farmer/friend to the north. We’ve produced Zero every year since 2000 using old vine Carignane as the dominant varietal, and in 2016 it makes up 68% of the blend. From this core of spicy, zippy red fruit flavors, we’ve added layers of depth, complexity and balance with Grenache and Syrah. Our goal in the blend is to create a wine that is a true bistro wine—tasty, food friendly, full of soul and almost refreshing, without ever becoming heavy. As our original t-shirt proclaimed, this wine is always “easy to use and cheap to operate.”
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy pairing with an upscale meal of osso buco over creamy polenta, or simple fare like pulled pork sliders with a side of potato salad.