During the harvest of 2016, we fled all worries and concerns and set course to Joshua Tree. Seeking inspiration and the perfect label for our new skin-fermented white wine, we wandered the high desert for two days before making an extraordinary discovery.
We wanted to really go for it with this one. So we found some old vine Chenin Blanc from Lodi and cut it with some serene Grenache and Mourvèdre from the Sierra Foothills.
What makes this white wine so different is that we made it like a red wine. Instead of separating everything during fermentation, we left the Chenin Blanc grapes on their skins for 3 days to soak up some lavishly floral fruit notes and that soulful orange color.
You won't find many white wines with this much character. Honey, citrus and grapefruit swing with floral accents, green apple, honeysuckle and loads of mineralogy. It's undeniably delectable with great acidity, freshness and flavor.
We took a non-interventionist approach and this wine is unfined and unfiltered to preserve purity of flavor and color. You may see some sediment in each bottle. Embrace it.
77% Chenin Blanc, 17% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre
Chenin Blanc: 100% de-stemmed, 3 days of skin contact, punchdowns twice per day, basket-pressed and finished in stainless steel. Grenache and Mourvèdre: 100% whole-cluster pressed and co-fermented in stainless steel.