Emotions are relevant to our perception of wine. Don’t bottle it up. Pour it out.
Back in 2020, we released Going Home, our first carbonic macerated white wine from El Dorado County. Need a refresh on carbonic maceration? It is a winemaking technique typically used in red wines where whole clusters of grapes are sealed in a tank with carbon dioxide, forcing the berries to ferment from the inside out. Carbonic maceration is not often the method chosen for white wines because of the resulting funkiness. Due to a risk of adverse funkiness, unseasoned winemakers may shy away from using carbonic maceration with white grapes, but we’re not afraid of anything. And holy shit were we happy with the outcome. So... we did it again.
Boys Cry is our 2020 carbonic white wine, also from El Dorado County. Roussanne is the front runner hailing from the David Girard Vineyard. These vines sit at 1,350 feet in elevation on the southwest side of El Dorado only a few miles from Coloma, where the first gold was found back in the ’40s. Because the vineyard sits pretty low, the soils are pale, sandy, and made of decomposed granite instead of the volcanic soils found higher up the mountains. To round things out, we added Vermentino and the more obscure, Petit Manseng, which are both from the Saureel Vineyard, featuring younger vines nestled into the beautiful Sierra Foothills.
This wine smells like dismantling hegemonic masculinity. Just kidding. Boys Cry sweeps your nose with apricot, peach cobbler, lemon curd, orange blossom, and lime zest with a whiff of beeswax. When you take that first refreshing sip, you’ll notice that the citrus is amped up. Think crisp golden apples sprinkled with cinnamon in the heat of the summer. There is a persistent minerality that complements the bright and vivacious acidity and a finish that’s jivin’ for days.
With this label, we invite you to continue the dialogue about masculinity and emotion. Normalize boys hugging. Normalize boys needing each other. Normalize boys being feminine. Normalize strong friendships between boys. Normalize boys seeking help for mental health. Normalize platonic male affection. Normalize boys crying.