By seeking out super high-quality, sustainably raised vineyards in Sonoma County’s top sub-regions, Hobo Wine Company (makers of Camp wines) have accomplished the seemingly impossible: A truly authentic Sonoma Merlot priced for Tuesday night suppers, big parties, tailgating and every other event you can think of when delicious wine is absolutely necessary but fuss and pretension are not!
The 2016 Camp Merlot was produced from two single vineyards, both organically farmed, and both picked at peak ripeness and fermented separately until the final blend was achieved four months after harvest. Aged for 11 months in neutral French oak, this still young Merlot is chockablock with red and black plum flavors and aromas of ripe cherry and subtle spice. Silky and smooth through the finish, this tannin-free red is oh so approachable and easy to drink.
· “You won't hear many complaints about the 2016 vintage from Sonoma winemakers,” writes the Wine Spectator. The Wine Enthusiast rated the vintage 94 points or “Superb” for Sonoma Valley reds.
· A full 75% of this 100% Merlot was sourced from Mojon’s Bench, an Alexander Valley vineyard that is farmed organically without the use of chemical insecticides or fertilizers.
· The remaining 25% came from Morrison Vineyard—also organically farmed—near the town of Kenwood in Sonoma Valley.
· As is currently en vogue, this wine was made using native yeasts only, with zero commercial additives or aids of any kind.
Soft and silkly with ripe plum, raspberry, and herb flavors.
From the winery:
Since beginning in 2002, The Hobo Wine Company has been a family owned and independently operated winery. In 2013, they converted an old warehouse in the historic Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa to be their production facility. This move allows them complete independence and full control over our winemaking and production.
Stylistically, Hobo Wine Company makes artisanally crafted wines of integrity and charm that respect their role at the table. This means they are true to character and origin, generally moderate in alcohol, and noticeable in acidity. The wines are made without commercial yeast or malolactic bacteria or other commercial additives and sulfur levels are always kept to a minimum.
There is a small tasting room at the winery, which is run on 100% local renewable energy, and they welcome visitors from around the world.
Camp Wines were created by the Hobo Wine Co. in 2011 to showcase the quality and value of Sonoma County wine. Camp works with top growers and vineyard managers in very high quality and responsibly farmed, though lesser known, vineyards throughout Sonoma County to produce delicious, approachable, and affordable wines.
Like Hobo, the Camp wines employ native yeasts and malolactic bacterias for the primary and secondary fermentations without the use of commercial fermentation aids or additives. The wines are aged in real oak barrels and/or stainless steel tanks vs. alternatives or flavoring agents.
Pair with a savory rack of lamb or a delicious pasta dish with a flavorful tomato base.