Earthy minerality dominates in this savory expression of Syrah, lifted lightly by pretty floral notes. Not surprising given the cool-climate Mendocino Ridge site. Drinking excellent now and will continue to evolve over the years to come.
Taste: Crushed violet, iron, graphite, juniper
Vineyard: Perli Vineyard • Mendocino Ridge
Nestled among the native fir, madrone, and redwood trees on the rugged coastal ridges of Mendocino County, the Potato Patch block of Perli Vineyard is a stunning site that produces excellent cool climate Syrah. Planted in 1999 by Steve Alden, one of the pioneers of the Mendocino Ridge AVA. Our rows are interspersed with a small amount of Grenache Noir and Viognier. Over 2000ft Elevation!
Winemaking: Fermented whole-cluster in open top containers with native yeast.
Stats: 13.8% alcohol, 4 barrels produced, 750 ml,
Hand-harvested September 30th, 2020
Total sulfur 15 ppm
Bottled July 27, 2021
The name Toshokan means library in Japanese. To us, winemaking is a lot like curating a library. Except instead of dealing with human knowledge, we’re dealing with place, time, and people. Each bottle of wine is a window into the vineyard site and broader region, the weather patterns during the vintage, and the people that farm the grapes and make the wine.
In keeping with this idea, most of our bottlings are single-vineyard, and we only source grapes from thoughtful, conscientious growers in special places throughout Northern California. In the cellar, we take a minimalist approach to keep our wines pure and expressive of site: all our wines are spontaneously fermented by the wild yeasts and bacteria naturally present on the grapes and we add very little sulfur. Not surprising given our winemaker Tim got his start at Donkey & Goat and Matthiasson.
Our wines are lower in alcohol and meant to be enjoyed with friends and food.
- Tim Sakhuja & Ayaka Nonaka