An incredibly lively wine that shows off all the best elements of Pinot Blanc alongside a blend of body, texture, and blazing acidity. Everything is in harmony here and just sings "drink me!"
Note from Sean:
This was a special one for me, to be compared with old California winemaking that put us on the map. A planted Heritage vineyard in the 1911s-1930s in Windsor, Sonoma County that I helped farm. One of the only two full blocks in North America left. Sister of Alicante Bouchet. I wanted to show the whole vineyard as one in a chateauneuf du pape/old field blend setting by co-fermenting grapes at different ripeness. With 90% Grand Noir 7% Clairette (really pulls out fruit) a Spanish grape Beba, Carignan, Petit Sirah, Bia Blanc, Peloursin.
Neutral oak, 13 months in barrel. 40cs Bottled - 25ppm at bottling
This project was made in cooperation with Yamachan wines. Akari's Bio follows below!
Hello, I'm Akari and I am a lover of foods and fermented things. I'm a socal native and first generation Japanese American/nisei. I fell in love with natural wines early in my career, then subsequently discovered that Japan is the second largest consumer of natural wines in the world. It made sense in a way I don't even think I understood at the time; the flavor profiles in natural wine resemble and complement many flavors in Japanese cuisine.
I started this project in conjunction with moving to the bay area to learn more about low-intervention winemaking. Yamachan wines are all native yeast fermentations with very small amounts of so2 if needed (a topic I'm more than happy to talk about). The grapes are sourced from vineyards farmed organically. The wines have become a way for me to connect with my roots in an unconventional way, and my hope is to share that joy through the wines.
Horsefeathers is a project by Sean. Sean is from Ventura, CA. Sean was imprisoned as an adult at 18 years old, spent a number of years in jail. Upon his release he discovered, of all things, the wine world - working with a number of awesome, natural Bay Area producers. Nowadays he's making Horsefeathers all his own, working his own vines wherever he can, and building a project to help rehabilitate other reformed felons.
Hire. More. Felons!