Harrington Mission 2017, Lodi, California

Lodi, California


Let me guess, you're probably asking yourself, 'what kind of varietal is Mission?' Well, the Mission grape, while it may claim Spanish ancestry, was once the most widely planted varietal in California. Bryan Harrington is an unusual wine maker on a mission. He is a big fan of using carbonic maceration to remove some of the tannic nature of this grape, and it's observable in this offering. The bouquet is bursting with ripe, brambly fruit akin to strawberries, pomegranate, and prickly pear, while on the tongue flavors of strawberry, wet stone, and earl grey tea are not to be missed. Chill this wine for a bit then pair it with fried ravioli, papas bravas, or chickpea stew.