Massican Annia 2020
61% Tocai Friulano, 27% Ribolla Gialla, 12% Chardonnay. While the history of Massican's name resides in the south of Italy, the inspiration for the wine comes from the north. The Massican wines are a blend of grape varieties with the hope of promising a new, unique approach to what white wine could be – modern, spirited, different – taking the best of what California vineyards have to offer and approaching the winemaking with intellectual verve and passion. Massican harvests six grape varieties in and around Napa Valley and Sonoma County – three northeastern Italian white varieties (Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Pinot Grigio), coupled with a southern Italian variety (Greco) and two western varieties (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc). With these six grape varieties, Dan Petroski makes four wines channeling the style and the blends made famous by Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Ronco del Gnemiz, and Venica & Venica, just to name a few. Annia is their flagship white wine blend sourced from small vineyards around the Napa Valley. The three grape varietals, Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Chardonnay, are harvested separately and fermented independently in French oak and steel tanks until blending six weeks before bottling. The Tocai and Ribolla build the aroma and flavor profile of the wine, while the Chardonnay adds to the wine’s structure. This is a wine that is fresh, vibrant, and high in acid. It also has a richness, but it's not overpowering. It reminds us of California and Italy, but it is neither. In the end, it is a delicious wine that is unique amongst the white wines of California. Cheers to Dan for a fantastic wine!