LoCA Wine Store
2016 Markus Wine Co. Nativo
This dry, but fruit-filled blend of whites is grown along the left bank of Lodi’s cooling Mokelumne River in the highly-regarded Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, the only source of the rare Kerner grape in all of California. All three lots of grapes are picked on the same morning and pressed to tank together to coferment as a traditional field blend.
Compared to last year’s vintage, this 2016 is more zippy and richer, but a bit drier, with a pleasing chalkiness on the persistent finish. It’s an intense bushel of lemons, layered with flinty stones and fresh stone fruits. Thinking of food, whatever you eat that benefits from a squeeze of lemon would work very well with Nativo. A sunset dinner on the beach with flame-grilled newly-landed fish would be perfect.
The label, designed by Sheng Moua, ingeniously contains the postal code for Markus’s hometown of Weesen, Switzerland, along with the initials of Markus and his brothers Konrad and Bernhard.
Mokelumne Glen Vineyards: 69% Kerner, 21% Riesling, 10% Bacchus.