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).
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-bodied, 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