Folk Machine Parts and Labor 2019
The Hobo Wine Company is the brainchild of Kenny Likitprakong. Kenny grew up at the winery, Domain Saint George, where his father Somchai worked as general manager since 1972. He considered several career options, including medicine, film and professional skateboarding before a gig in San Francisco introduced him to wine. UC Davis subsequently beckoned, and Kenny started spending time with the professors and students studying organic farming practices. Kenny found his first winemaking job in the Santa Cruz mountains in 1999 before starting Hobo Wine Company in 2002. The “Hobo” name refers to Kenny’s winemaking experiences traveling and working place to place. It applies now to the fact that Kenny does not own his own vineyards, but sources fruit from vineyard owners who he has longstanding relationships with around California, some of which he worked with before starting Hobo.
Juicy and refreshing! Folk Machine Parts & Labor 2019 is a red blend of Barbera, Carignan, Grenache and Syrah cultivated from old vineyards in Mendocino County, California. The vines are from different plots. The juices are fermented separately and without inoculated yeast. Some batches go through carbonic maceration, as the wine is clearly juicy and super easy drinking. 100% malolactic fermentation. 75% in stainless steel tanks and 25% in oak foudre tanks. Parts & Labor wine is dry and really pleasing, reminiscent of Beaujolais or Loire Valley style reds. Aromas of red and dark fruit, herbs, and pepper. Medium body, dry, soft tannins.