From the famed Testa Vineyard, first planted in 1912 by Gaetano and Maria Testa, Italian immigrants, who emigrated from the town of Gallarate, northwest of Milan, and now run by their great- great- granddaughter Maria and her husband Rusty Martinsen.
Evan feels lucky to have a one-acre portion of the ranch of 65- to 80-year-old vines that’s dry farmed, organic and planted in soil from the Yokayo series, well-drained sandy loam derived from parental sedimentary rock. 80% Carignan, 10% Grenache and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Evan ferments the beautiful Testa fruit whole cluster (no destemming), which gives it a bright, higher-toned aromatic profile, a mellowing of acidity and an all-around more delicate side to what could otherwise be a BIG muscular wine. Evan likes to say it’s a manly wine that’s in touch with its feminine side. On the nose, macerated black cherries and black raspberries; on the palate, black cherries, black licorice, bright berry tones, good structure, can be cellared for three to five years. Also a “Cuvee Zero,” meaning just grapes and naturally occurring sulfites.