In pursuit of a light-bodied, juicy Sangiovese that would be ready to drink fresh and young, we began experimenting with carbonic fermentation in 2013. Bunches are gently, lovingly placed in small tanks using extra caution not to crush any grapes. By leaving fruit whole, much less skin tannin – and color – is extracted. The light-bodied wine is meant to be drunk fresh.
In 2016, we created the new Carbonic Sangiovese label: Vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano’s black marker writing “Love You Bunches” on a plain, white background. Our goal was to create a whimsical package to match the playful nature of the wine. On the back label, Ruben’s handwriting advises “serve chilled”.
We enjoy “Love You Bunches” Carbonic Sangiovese straight out of the fridge. There’s seldom much left in the bottle by the time the temperature rises – the ultimate party wine – if one bottle is opened, we heartily recommend having at least 5 more bottles cold for backup.
The nose somehow combines bright and fresh cran-raspberry tartness with inviting lushness and depth. Boysenberry and red currents explode in the mouth. Dry with racing acidity, to the point that even a hint of lemon-lime shows up on the finish - the wine is serious enough to be pondered, yet utterly gulpable. We adore this wine here at Stolpman, our “adult fruit punch” or “rose con cojones” – just don’t approach Love You Bunches as a traditional, rich red wine!