Finally, a wine that's over the bullshit.
Middle Finger is about embracing what matters while telling everything that doesn’t to get fucked. And honestly, we couldn’t think of a better way to cap off a year like 2020. So for this wine, we dreamt harder and went bigger than we ever have before. It’s like every moment in our 6-year history lead up to this.
A blend of 95% Barbera, 3% Primitivo, and 2% Graciano, we challenged Bertus and our winemaking team to make the best Italian blend on the planet...and they delivered. We love Barbera’s chill tannins and high acidity, the combination of which makes luscious, succulent wines that we can, and do, drink all day.
We partnered up with acclaimed viticulturist Ann Kraemer and Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador County to source the fruit for this cool blend. In case you haven’t heard, Shake Ridge Vineyard is perhaps the most meticulously planted, farmed, and curated vineyard in California. Ann’s vineyard is divided into nearly 40 separate and tidy blocks of vines pieced as snugly together as a jigsaw puzzle.
Ann has studied and tested nearly every inch of soil and planted the best varieties and right clones with the most optimal row orientation. Seriously, nobody is going this deep. Shake Ridge is comprised of well-drained loam soil on varying bases of quartz, soapstone, shale, and some granite. Sitting at 1,800 feet in elevation, our Italian gems benefit from the hot days and cold nights throughout the growing season, creating wines with incredible flavor, acidity, and complexity.
Now it’s time to flex. A shimmery shade of garnet in color, with aromas of herbal cherry, violets in bloom, and maraschino cherry, the foreplay on this wine is fucking wild. In your mouth, it’s like a strawberry gusher (remember those?!), with tart strawberry, blue Icee (or those?), and creamy vanilla bean flavors balanced by mouthwatering acidity and a finish that JUST. DOES. NOT. QUIT. We’ll fuck with this wine any day.
In an effort that’ll probably leave Robert Parker shaking his head, we fully sent it on the label working with Italian artist Alessandro Paglia to create a sculpted gold figure that throws up the middle finger to the doubters and non-believers in life. As a throwback, we even wax-dipped each bottle to recapture that iconic, OG Tank look. This bottle is posh.
With only 325 cases produced, Middle Finger is available in extremely limited quantities. So if you'd like to head into 2021 with a "Fuck You" mindset like us, don't wait!
(We apologize for the language, but you knew what you signed up for 🖕.)
Peace out 2020 🖕.
Appellation: Amador County
Vineyard Designation: Shake Ridge Ranch
Vineyard Notes: 1,800 feet in elevation, multi-clonal Barbera
Aging: 10 months in neutral French Oak
Alcohol %: 13.6
Blend: 95% Barbera, 3% Primitivo, and 2% Graciano
Release Date: December 2020
Tasting Notes: Strawberry gusher, tart strawberry, blue Icee, and creamy vanilla bean
Production: 325 Cases Made