2015 abroachment white wine

“abroachment” is an archaic term defined by Meriam-Webster Dictionary as “in a condition for letting out a liquid (such as wine)”.

Vintage

The grapes for the 2015 “abroachment" are 100% Viognier.

Vineyards

The fruit for the 2015 “abroachment” comes entirely from the Lodi appellation in the at the top of the central valley in California.  We were able to obtain a very small amount of Viognier to create this special release.

Winemaking

The grapes for the 2015 “abroachment” were pressed immediately upon picking.  After settling in tank, the wine was racked and allowed to ferment using cultured and native yeasts at cold temperatures.  The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and was bottled in July 2017 after spending its life to that point in stainless steel vessels.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

So bright and lively.  This shows an incredible level of stone fruits and floral notes without any heaviness or flabbiness.

 
Technical

Blend:  100% Viognier

Production:  112 cases 750ml

2014 de facto red wine

"de facto" is a Latin phrase defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as “In fact, in deed, actually. This phrase is used to characterize an officer, a government, a past action, or a state of affairs which exists actually and must be accepted for all practical purposes, but which is illegal or illegitimate.”

Vintage

2014 was a warm, dry growing season.  The warmth of the season allowed for sufficient ripening.  Acid levels were moderate and with no real cool down, the harvest was as early, starting in early to mid-August with fairly substantial yields.

Vineyards

37% Ballard Canyon Syrah; 27% Los Alamos Syrah; 26% Santa Rita Hills Syrah & 10% Los Alamos Grenache.

Winemaking

The Syrah portion of the blend is comprised of two lots – 33% was co-fermented with Viognier from vineyards in Ballard Canyon and 67% was fermented without Viognier - then aged in two brand new Radoux barrels and one neutral barrel.  The Grenache comes from the Thompson Vineyard and was aged in neutral oak to preserve the fruit aromas and flavors.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Very aromatic, with notes of mineral, herb, flowers and smoke.  Tightly wound and rich, yet light on the palate.  Rich and oaky and a bit angular.  It needs some time for the oak and fruit to come together in the bottle.  Bright fruit flavors of blueberry, strawberry and dark cherry with notes of dark chocolate and anise.  Very long and broad finish with firm tannins.
Technical

Blend: 90% Syrah & 10% Grenache
Production:  93 twelve-bottle cases 750 ml; 5 six-bottle cases 1500 ml

2016 ipso facto white wine

“ipso facto” is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as “a Latin phrase that means by the act itself or by the mere fact.”


Vintage

2016 was yet another year of signigicant drought along California’s Central Coast.  The grapes for the 2016 “ipso facto” Viognier were picked on a cool nights and early mornings early during harvest.

Vineyards

For the first time ever, the fruit for our “ipso facto” Viognier does not come from the heralded Stolpman Vineyard in Ballard Canyon, but rather three esteemed vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.  From Santa Barbara County, we were fortunate to source one-third of our cuvee from a 14-acre vineyard (1.25 acres of Viognier) that grows just south of Los Olivos, in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.  Another third of the blend came from a well established vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley.  The final third of the 2016 “ipso facto” was harvested from an additional superb vineyard in San Luis Obispo County’s Edna Valley AVA.

Winemaking

Our change in vineyard sources resulted in changes in our winemaking program as well.  Instead of partial to zero malolactic fermentation and all stainless steel, the 2016 “ipso facto” went through complete malolactic fermentation in neutral French oak barrels.  Each vineyard was harvested and vinified seperately with the resulting blend decided just before bottling in Spring of 2017.  The resulting wine is richer than previous vintages but not at all heavy or cloying.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes

Technical

Blend:  100% Viognier

Production:  133 cases 750ml