Petillant Naturel – Salinia “Twenty Five Reasons”

I don’t think I have ever started off a post with this way, but there is a first time for everything – Wow.  I drank my last sip of Salinia “Twenty Five Reasons” almost a week ago and I am still thinking about it!

Kevin Kelley is the winemaker behind Salinia’s “Twenty Five Reasons”.  It is a skin-fermented (14 days) Sauvignon Blanc from organically farmed vines in Mendocino County.  All parts of the grape, including stems, were used.  As with all Pet Nats, the secondary fermentation occurred naturally in the bottle.  The wine is both unfined and unfiltered.

Salinia "Twenty Five Reasons"
Salinia “Twenty Five Reasons”

In the glass, Twenty Five Reasons is golden and very cloudy.  The aromas of the wine are intriguing and unravel with time.  The coolest part about this wine is how it constantly evolves in your mouth and with air. Before too much air, the wine features tastes of minerals, apples, and white peaches.  With a little time, the palate delivers an invigorating, grapefruit filled punch.  As the fruit notes begin to fade, the flavors transcend once again, leaving you with a dry, yeasty finish.

This is undoubtedly one of the most interesting wines I have had in a while.  If I were you, I would find a bottle so you can experience the dynamic potential of California wines.  (12% alcohol, $22.99)

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