Margins Wine, a small winemaking project of Megan Bell, a winemaker living and working in the Santa Cruz Mountains, produces low-intervention wines using grapes from underrepresented regions, vineyards, and varietals. Much like people living on the ‘margins of society,’ vineyards can be outcasts too. Most consumers of wine are only familiar with a handful of grape-growing regions and types of wine. Margins draws attention to vineyards and varietals throughout northern and central California that find themselves on the margins without the recognition they deserve.
Prior to settling on the central coast of California, Megan received her BS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis and apprenticed in wineries and vineyards in Napa, the Livermore Valley, the Willamette Valley, Central Otago (NZ), and the Loire Valley (France).
Megan is thrilled to be working with Massa Vineyard which overlooks the rugged Cachagua (“Hidden Waters”) region of Carmel Valley at 1200-1500 feet in elevation. Nine different varietals over 88 acres of vineyards were planted by the Durney family around 1968. In the mid-1990s the property was purchased by the Heller family, who were pioneers of organic grape growing in Carmel Valley. The property is now owned by the Massa family, who continue to prioritize organic farming. Farmed by Ian Brand of P'tit Paysan. (we have his Sauv. blanc in stock)
white flowers, honey, baked apple, stonefruit, and beeswax.
Not everyone is clamoring for old-vine Cali. Chenin, but they should be!
varietal: Chenin Blanc
region: carmel valley, california
style: medium-modied, mineral, white
farming & cellar: organic, whole cluster pressed to stainless steel tank for fermentation. Aged in 67% stainless steel and 33% neutral oak for nine months. Native fermentation, no fining, no filtration, no other modifications or additions except 20 ppm of sulfur dioxide the week before bottling