2012 Carne Humana White Wine
$24.95 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
One of the hottest red bends introduced at Carpe Vino last year was the Carne Humana Red Blend. . .a luscious bloody wine whose name translates to “human flesh.” Nice. Despite the imagery, we shot the lights out with this wine and it’s back in stock again with a new vintage.
Now winemaker Derek Beitler, an Oregon native, has launched the second in the series, this one a white blend. This wine exhibits many of the same characteristics as its red counterpart: it is a surprisingly satisfying blend, nice and smooth with lip-smacking fruit flavors.
Beitler, 31, virtually grew up in the wine business, spending summers in California at his uncles winery. . .Camus in the Napa Valley. He does not have a formal wine education, his degree from the University of Oregon at Eugene is in environmental sciences.
He moved to California in 2005 and launched his first label two years later, his 2007 Bodega Rancho Syrah with fruit sourced from a vineyard near the Petaluma Gap. He also makes an SLH vigonier in very limited quantity each year.
Since 2009, Beitler has lived and worked in Napa, and his goal is to stay there, though he will continue to make wine with fruit sourced from outside the valley. Next up in the Carne Humana series. . .could be a syrah blend, so stay tuned!
Winery Tasting Notes: “Very light in color with slight aromas; not indicative of intensity on the palate. Bright pear with subtle citrus flavors. Classic ripe Sauvignon blanc characteristics are complimented by fruity tropical highlights. A mellowed and neutral barrel mouthfeel gives way to a long bright clean finish. Firm but elegant for a white blend.”
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