*Grape(s): *Pinot Noir pomace, Apples, Rosé of Merlot
*Vineyard: *Cole Ranch, Occidental Orchards, Open Hand Ranch. Open Hand Ranch is a small, family-run organic vineyard and farm located in southern Mendocino. The old vines grow on eleven acres within a 100-acre property surrounded by oak trees and a diverse landscape of native plants and fruit trees. Open Hand Ranch grapes are hand-harvested and sold to various local winemakers for vineyard-designated releases.
*Method: *We had just pressed Pinot Noir from Cole Ranch and were feeling the creative juices flowing. We placed those Pinot skins in a fermenter, brought in some apples from Occidental Orchards, pressed them, and put the apple juice in with the Pinot Noir skins. The result was a beautiful pink apple cider which we pressed off of the Pinot skins and finished in 225L neutral French oak barrels.
At the end of harvest when the solids settled, we added unfermented rosé of Merlot must from Open Hand Ranch at 25 brix. We bottled the back-sweetened cider under crown cap during fermentation, which finished in bottle to give it a soft effervescence. As always, bottled unfined, unfiltered with no addition of SO2.
*Case Production: *142 Cases
Our philosophy is simple. Nothing added, nothing subtracted. Organic grapes and a lot of love.
Founder and Winemaker
Starting from a very young age, I’ve always been a lover of food, wine, and hospitality. After dipping my toes in the corporate world, I packed up my car in 2011 and drove cross country for a harvest internship in pursuit of starting a wine career in Northern California. Since that first internship, I worked for six years heading up the winemaking, management and sales at a winery in Sonoma before starting Subject to Change in 2017. The idea stemmed from my love of natural wine, the community that surrounds it and the infinite opportunity and canvas that the California landscape provides. Layering my passion for European natural wine and my knowledge of California viticulture and wine production, Subject to Change Wine Co was born as a way to connect my love of natural wine to my love of California, the land and the culture of growing and consuming locally.