This wine is made entirely of Gamay clone 358 planted at Shokrian Vineyard in Los Alamos, CA. This block is farmed organically and has been organic herbicide free for many years. This vineyard appears sandy at the surface, but is rich in clay loam about 3 feet below the surface. I believe this aids to the magnificent density in the wine.
This Gamay was harvested around 21B and fermented whole cluster in open top barrels. The grapes received a mixture of love touches and pour overs throughout 23ish days on skins. There weren’t many whole berries left at the end of fermentation. After pressing, this Gamay was aged without sulfur in neutral French oak barrels until bottling unfined, unfiltered in March 2022.
2021 Gamay has the freshness of the new world, and the structure of an edgy old world Gamay. Like when you bite into a ripe Satsuma plum - lush sweetness, a little acid, and some tannin. Perfect now, perfect in 5 years.
Art: The Darner dragonfly surrounded by its flowers of choice were painted by my brilliant mother, Eileen Anderson. The dragonflies are an integral part of the ecosystem as they prey on smaller invertebrates like mosquitos and are food for birds in the vineyard. The family of California quail, Callipepla californica, on the back are painted by me. The quail families run around the vineyard and surrounding bushes in spring and summertime and bring a delightful energy to the vineyard.
ingredients: organic grapes, minimal sulfites
80 cases produced
Translation: soulful, lively soul, living soul
the emotional part of human nature; the seat of the feelings or sentiments.
high-mindedness; noble warmth of feeling, spirit or courage.
the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity and separate from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
We lease and farm the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos District A.V.A.
This vineyard was planted by Charlotte Young in 1971 and is still owned by her three daughters. Charlotte's right-hand man, Miguel Ibarra, Helped her plant the vineyard in 1971 and continued to work on the vineyard for more than 40 years. Today, we celebrate this duo by designating these 10 acres as the Ibarra-Young Vineyard.
Ibarra-Young Vineyard was one of the first vineyards planted in the Santa Ynez Valley and has so much soul you can feel it. The first 3 acres were planted in 1971 and 3 more acres were planted in 1973. In the late 90's and early 2000's Bob Lindquist completed Ibarra-Young's planted acreage with the "young" vines in the rockier section of the vineyard.
The vineyard is planted to Syrah and Mourvèdre planted in 1971, Marsanne planted in 1973, as well as suitcase clone Tempranillo and Graciano planted in the late 90's. Everything on the property is own-rooted and has been farmed organically since 1993. We began leasing and farming this special place at the beginning of 2020 and employ regenerative organic and biodynamic practices.
Our goal is to rebuild an ecosystem of native species that live alongside our vine rows, regenerate soil health, and grow the highest quality grapes this site can give. We believe the best wine grapes are grown with minimal inputs and conscious vineyard management. We reject a systematic schedule for viticulture and farming in general. We believe that by working in conjunction with nature we can increase biodiversity and soil health, minimize unnecessary sprays, minimize tractor passes and compaction, decrease water use, and reduce our carbon footprint.
We look forward to taking you along on this journey of unconventional viticulture with us. We hope to convince you that with a lot of passion and hard work, world-class wines are made with minimal intervention in a vineyard that grows alongside a healthy living ecosystem.