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Zero Manipulation 2018, Red Wine, Tollini Vineyard

Zero Manipulation 2018, Red Wine, Tollini Vineyard
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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.

  • Blend:
  • 68% Carignane
  • 26% Grenache
  • 6% Syrah

Bottled 7/21/20

Wine Specs
Red Blend
Redwood Valley
Harvest Date
6.8 g/L
22 months
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Enticing aromatics of bright mixed berries and brown baking spices merge with earth and oak notes. The light, fresh entry flows into a robust mid-palate. Savor blackberry, strawberry, and raspberry flavors fused with hints of tobacco and leather and framed by softening tannins and hints of oak. Traces of huckleberry and fine herbs appear as the wine hits the finish and lingers.
Vineyard Notes
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 2018 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. 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.
Production Notes
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.”
Winemaker Notes
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 grape’s true essence in every bottle; naturally, sustainably and with a mind to being easy on your wallet.
Food Pairing Notes
A great wine to open to enjoy with grilled sausages, peppers and onions over creamy polenta, or meatloaf served with twice-baked potatoes.

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