2021 Folk Machine "White Light" White Wine, California
Already seven years of White Light and we still think it is fun, easy drinking, summery, and affordable. Our goals have stayed the same - bottle something fresh with acid and some mineral and retain that sort of salty, briny character that the Tocai Friulano has, but tone it down with the fruit and aromatics of Riesling and Verdelho and a touch of Gewurztraminer this year.
The 2021 is 35% Tocai Friulano from Mendocino, 30% Verdelho from Suisun Valley, 27% Riesling from Arroyo Seco and 8% Gewurztraminer from Monterey County. Everything was picked at the beginning of the season with brix numbers ranging from 19˚ to 21˚. The final wine is 12.2% alcohol. Each variety was fermented individually in stainless steel tanks without commercial yeast and kept at a cool fermentation temperature. When the fermentation was complete, we filtered the wine and left it in stainless steel until it was bottled in December of 2021.
White Light was inspired by a trip to the vortexes of Sedona, Arizona, but maybe a little Velvet Underground too. I’m not that much into New Age thinking, but tell me something will feel good and I’m a believer.