Shake Ridge Grenache is both a new variety and a new vineyard for me in 2021. Ann Kraemer, who both planted and currently runs Shake Ridge, is well known as one of the most thoughtful and intentional growers in California. It was an honor to work with some of her Grenache this year.
We picked the Grenache at about 22 brix, and it arrived at the winery in pristine bunches with tiny, beautiful grapes. The fruit was foot crushed, and left to ferment on skins for 8 days. It was then pressed, and the wine continued to dryness in stainless steel. Once dry, it was transferred to a neutral puncheon (my first puncheon!) and neutral barriques for élevage over winter.
‘qu’est-ce que signifie: éphémère’ translates to ‘what does it mean: ephemeral?’. It is a special line from Le Petit Prince, by Antoine Saint-Exupery.
Indigenous yeast fermentation. No added sulfur, no other additions, unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: *brambly and floral on the nose, strawberry coulee in the glass. Delicate, structured, Nebbiolo-esque tannins.
Vineyard: *Shake Ridge Ranch
*AVA: *Amador County, CA
*Farming: *Organic, Dry Farmed
*Harvest Date: *Handpicked on 2 September 2021
*Bottling Date: *22 February 2021
My name is Rosalind, and I farm grapes organically and make wine without additives.
I work within a likeminded community of grape-growers and winemakers in Northern California. 2018 marked the first year I set out to create something of my own, albeit with the welcome support of the talented people who surround me.
Wine, at its core, is about community. Countless hands are involved in every glass you drink – the growers who planted cuttings three generations ago; the field workers who prune the vines in winter, tend them throughout the year and pick the grapes come autumn; the winemakers and interns who footstomp those grapes, forklift bins of fermenting fruit from tank to press, and fill barrels with wine to rest before bottling; and the distributors, restaurateurs, and sommeliers who help bring that bottle to you. An incredible amount of labor and love goes into filling a glass with wine, and I am constantly reminded of and grateful for the community who makes all of it possible. I could not do this alone, nor would I want to.
Similarly, at the end of the day, wine should be enjoyed with your own community of friends and family. I aim to make fresh, bright wines that taste good, encourage thoughtful discussion, and ultimately bring people together.