If this is labor, I want to be part of it.

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Folk Machine Parts & Labor 2016 RED WINE. In a couple words: GLOU-GLOU. From the good people at Hobo Wine Company, this is a seriously chuggable red blend of awesomeness. Like the thought behind the label—simple and gets the job done [deliciously]. 


Vintage: 2016 | Appellations: Vecino Vineyard in Potter Valley, Redwood Valley | Varietals: 58% Redwood Valley, Cedar Lane in Arroyo Seco, Fox Hill in Mendocino | Carignane, 26% Potter Valley Syrah, 11% Arroyo Seco Grenache, and 5% Redwood Valley Barbera | Aged: 69% Stainless steel and 31% oak barrels | Alcohol: 12.7% | PH: 3.59 | Total Acidity: 6.7 g/L

Tasting Notes:


The fifth vintage of the Folk Machine’s red wine blend continues to fit into our ideas and hopes of what a California bistro wine can and should be. Light on its feet,  great with food, fun and easy to drink, and affordable.

Parts & Labor is a selection of older Calfornia vineyards and varieties from sometimes obscure and off the beaten path areas. This time it is a blend of 58% Redwood Valley Carignane, 26% Potter Valley Syrah, 11% Arroyo Seco Grenache, and 5% Redwood Valley Barbera.

Each lot was brought into the winery separately and fermented in stainless steel tanks. All fermentation were uninoculated and malolactics proceeded spontaneously. The base blend was made in December and the final blend was made before bottling.  Aged 69% in stainless steel tanks, 19% in Foudre, and 12% in barrels. bottled in April of 2017.

The Label and carton were created by Sara Rosenstock of Just a Jar Design and Press based in Ohio. I really enjoy her art and originally asked her to create the Simple Machine label. I wanted to keep Parts & Labor in the same spirit with the same sensibility so again asked Sara to design the label. The name still pretty much speaks for itself. This wine is about not making something more complicated than it needs to be to get the job done.