They call her La Loba, the wolf woman, the collector of bones. With her voice, she sings new life into that which has been scattered, lost and discarded. The story of La Loba has its roots within the indigenous peoples of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, though her story can be found across cultures. The wild feminine reminds us that there is great power in the song inside us, and though we may be bruised, burned or injured, our soul and spirit can never be destroyed.
Carbonic white wines are a bit of a mythical being, though they're no stranger to Bertus and the team in the cellar. If you need a refresher, Carbonic Maceration works its magic by fermenting grapes from the inside out without oxygen or added yeast. What makes this rare creature so special is that carbonic white wines aren't really made that often, if at all. Why? A process typically deemed for red grapes, the skin contact on certain white grape varietals combined with lower acidity levels can bring out some real funky flavors in the wine. But fear not, dear dreamer, if you've tasted Boys Cry or Going Home, you'll know that carbonic white wines offer an amazing array of aromas, textures and flavors that you just won't find anywhere else.
La Loba features an enchanting blend of 45% Chenin Blanc, 44% Petit Manseng, 10% Bianchetta Trevigiana, and 1% Orange Muscat sourced from the hills of El Dorado County. Mineral-rich deposits in the soils and a large diurnal swing create an electric acidity we just can't get enough of. There is something deeply familiar about this wine, with its enticing apricot, lemon curd and gentle florals on the nose. It reminds us of the edge of spring, with the harsh winter behind us and warm breezes carrying whiffs of jasmine through the air. Once it touches your lips, it's all white peach and creamy Meyer lemon, with vivacious acidity and minerality that'll have you reaching back for glass after glass.
The label is sourced from the artist Flora from Argentina. In her words, “Lobas Despertando was born at the height of feminism here in Argentina in 2018. As a force that I felt reflected in this form of human-animal. I drew it with microfibers, simple lines but with the force of a wolf pack that woke up. After a few years, this reversal arises in a digital way, thinking as a small tribute to my maternal grandmother, a victim of femicide.”
With this Tank Cares label, we are raising $1 for every bottle sold to Women's Rights organizations UN Women, a global organization fighting for gender equality, feminine empowerment, and ending violence against women and Fos Feminista, which aims to build awareness to women's health and reproductive rights. Gender inequalities are deeply entrenched in cultures around the globe, and marginalized women are often the least served and are most affected by limited access to livable wages, education, and health care, in addition to facing violence and discrimination in their daily lives.