It has been the intention all along at Franklin & Tavern that they are as much a boutique California Wine Bar as much as a craft beer hall, and a brown spirits bar. Finally they have gotten a chance to offer a truly unqiue wine tasting. Sepearate from their wine lists but still available by the glass they are focusing on one winemaker from the Centeral Coast of Califonria, Michael Roth. A champion of bio dynamic farming, a self proclaimed proletarian winemaker, and intensly talented. Michael put Demetria Estates, one of Franklin's favorite wineries offered by the glass, on the map and now he is doing the same for Martian Wineries out of Los Alamos, California. A must try is his Grenache noir produced using carbonic maceration, a winemaking technique, often associated with the French wine region of Beaujolais, in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing. Carbonic maceration ferments most of the juice while it is still inside the grape. The resulting wine is fruity with very low tannins. Franklin is excited to be on of the few restaurants in Los Angeles offering these wines and are thrilled with the idea of having Michael Roth hosting a winemaker dinner in the near future at Franklin & Company Tavern. On the tasting list:
Martian Ranch “Ground Control” Grenach Noir
100% Semi-cabonic fermentation. Fragrant, light and delicate.
Made completely naturally.
Martian Ranch “Down to Earth” Grenache Rosé.
Whole cluster pressed Grenache Noir. No Skin contact. The juice was settled
for three days in stainless steel tank. beautiful soft pink hue
and a lovely fresh nose of berry fruits.
Martian Ranch “UFOric” Albariño
sandstone like aroma, bright, fresh lemon and melon on the palette
Santa Ynez Valley
aromas of blackberry, black-cherry, and raspberry are highlighted
by sweet spices including hints of cinnamon and licorice