Presqu’ile Vineyard and Shokrian Vineyard
This wine is the fall counterpart to spring’s nothingbutlove Gamay. This Gamay is a blend of two thirds Shokrian Vineyard and one third Presqu’ile Vineyard. Shokrian Vineyard is tucked back in Cat Canyon in Los Alamos, CA. This site gets a consistent 40F diurnal shift. Presqu’ile Vineyard lies about 15 miles north in Santa Maria Valley where the fog comes and goes nearly every night. This site’s highs are almost always at least 10F cooler than in Los Alamos. The Gamay is the same clone at each site, they’re both grown by the same teams, but they’ve had very different climactic upbringings.
The Shokrian portion was picked around 20B and the Presqu’ile portion was picked around 22B. The wines were made nearly identically in the cellar. Each were fermented 100% whole cluster on their native yeasts for about 20 days on skins. The wines were pressed and aged separately in neutral French oak until coming together a month before bottling unfined and unfiltered in July 2021.
Earthy nose with essence of petals and bright fruit and a little tannin grip. Imagine yourself in your fancy clothes strolling around the forrest floor filling your hand woven basket with rose hips, wild berries, and fresh porcini. Don’t be afraid to decant this if drinking young.
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.