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Massican

Massican

Old-vine Tocai at the Nichelini property in Eastern Napa (Planted in 1946)

Old-vine Tocai at the Nichelini property in Eastern Napa (Planted in 1946)

 
 

While the history of Massican's name resides in the south of Italy, the inspiration for the wine comes from the north. The Massican wines are a blend of grape varieties with the hope of promising a new, unique approach to what white wine could be – modern, spirited, different – taking the best of what California vineyards have to offer and approaching the winemaking with intellectual verve and passion.

How to describe Dan Petroski’s Massican wines? They’re from California, but somehow don’t taste like it. Ostensibly they’re modeled on the wines of Friuli, in northern Italy, but they don’t taste quite Italian either. The Massican wines are white wines. They’re crisp wines, high in acid. They’re fresh — neither laden with creamy richness nor beset by savory funk. Words like “clean” and “pure” come to mind. Saltiness appears. So does bright, relentless fruit.
— Esther Mobley, SF Chronicle

Massican harvests six grape varieties in and around Napa Valley and Sonoma County – three northeastern Italian white varieties (Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Pinot Grigio), coupled with a southern Italian variety (Greco) and two western varieties (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc). With these six grape varieties Dan Petroski makes four wines channeling the style and the blends made famous by Borgo del Tiglio, Miani, Ronco del Gnemiz, and Venica & Venica, just to name a few.