This wine comes from Buttonwood Vineyard in Los Olivos District AVA. I was attracted to this vineyard because it has a lot of similarities to Ibarra-Young. It’s old, its own-rooted, it has gently sloping alluvial floodplain soils, and it shares the same climate. This vineyard was planted in the early 80s and has been farmed organically for several years. At the beginning of the 2021 growing season, they also transitioned to permanent ground cover in the middle of the vineyard rows.
The Grenache Blanc was brought into the cellar around 20.5 Brix. It was pressed directly without any skin maceration. The juice was sent to tank to settle overnight and then gravity racked to neutral French Oak barrels for fermentation with its native yeast. The wine rested on its fermentation lees until a month before bottling when it was racked together to a stainless steel tank. She was bottled unfined and unfiltered in March of 2022.
Delicate, salty, zesty, Refreshing like a spring creek high up in the mountains.
Art: The monarch caterpillar on narrowleaf milkweed on the front paired with the metamorphosis on the back were both painted by my lovely mother, Eileen Anderson. The monarch imagery is meant to emphasize the importance of invertebrates and pollinators in our ecosystem. The monarchs made a huge population comeback in 2021 hence the new label art. This wine is a tribute to learning about the importance of native insects and their ecology. We encourage you to spread information about the importance of invertebrates, plant organic flowers for their benefit, and donate to invertebrate protection organizations if you are able to.
Ingredients: organic grapes, minimal sulfites
73 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.