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Hollow Wines Leo Carrillo Grape Raspberry Co-Ferment California 2021

Hollow Wines Leo Carrillo Grape Raspberry Co-Ferment California 2021
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Trousseau Gris and raspberries, ok? It would be easy to just call this “innovative” because of the use of raspberries (which it is, for sure)… but, honestly, the innovation at Hollow Wines goes beyond just co-fermenting grapes with other fruit. Quinn Hobbs left his previous life (what he calls an “entrepreneur in a high-stress career”) to make minimal-intervention wine on the Central Coast with his Aussie wife and their sweet little Mina. Now, beyond just experimenting with your standard skin-contact whites, quirky varieties, co-ferments and zero-zero cuvées, Quinn is pursuing his PhD in global leadership and change with an eye on helping other wineries adapt more cutting-edge, forward-thinking environmental practices to (hopefully) help wine survive for the next generation. Quinn’s penchant for thinking outside the box is further demonstrated by his approach to sales and marketing: He runs an “Ambassador Program” rather than work with a formal distributor, so that anyone who loves and wants to share his wines can earn money by promoting them through grassroots bottle-share situations.

But back to the raspberries, right? We’ve been at this whole wine thing for nearly two decades now and, as of the last two years, we’re seeing more of these types of fruit + grapes co-ferments than ever, as growers and producers consider sustainability, cost, climate change, and grapes’ temperamental and delicate nature—especially in the context of drought, fires, and hail. While apples and pears are sturdy and perhaps most commonly employed (not to mention the most familiar for the public, due to cider’s long history and prominent market share), here Quinn turns to raspberries (from a secret farm in Watsonville). What the raspberry lacks in tannin structure, it makes up for in bold hibiscus-infusing-color and prominent acidity that gives this wine a vibrant wildness.

Fruit notes: fresh red raspberry, green orange juice, guava
Non-fruit notes: white tea, Mexican sage, gravel
Structure: dry, medium body, medium acidity, medium alcohol
Pairing suggestions: jazzed-up grilled cheese sandwiches; pulled pork over a cabbage salad; environmental stewardship