2021 Toshokan Yount Mill Vineyard Pinot Munier
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: 100% Pinot Meunier
Style: Unfined / Unfiltered / Organic / Native Yeast
Pinot meunier is a cousin of pinot noir and is best known as a blending component in Champagne. However, Toshokan believes the varietal deserves wider recognition as a single-varietal wine. Somewhere between a red and a rose, this fruity and bright wine is the perfect companion for the beach or poolside. The vinification technique involves sealing the whole cluster grapes in a tank and topping with carbon dioxide to initiate carbonic maceration (basically, fermentation from the inside out). The result is a lighter, fruit forward wine with tasting notes of pomegranate, white strawberry, watermelon, and saline.