"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.”
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.
37% Ballard Canyon Syrah; 27% Los Alamos Syrah; 26% Santa Rita Hills Syrah & 10% Los Alamos Grenache.
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.
Blend: 90% Syrah & 10% Grenache
Production: 93 twelve-bottle cases 750 ml; 5 six-bottle cases 1500 ml
“ipso facto” is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as “a Latin phrase that means by the act itself or by the mere fact.”
The grapes for the 2014 “ipso facto” Viognier were picked on a cool night early during harvest.
Once again the fruit for the 2014 “ipso facto” comes entirely from 4 acres planted to Viognier in 1995 in the Stolpman Vineyard in Ballard Canyon. Thin topsoil over pure limestone are hallmarks of the Stolpman Vineyard. The Viognier is dry farmed forcing the vines to struggle for water and nutrients and resulting in a naturally balanced crop of small intense berries.
The grapes for the 2014 “ipso facto” were whole-cluster pressed immediately upon picking. After settling in tank, the wine was racked off the heavy lees and allowed to ferment using native yeasts at extremely cold temperatures. The refrigerated temperatures slowed down fermentation taking several weeks to reach dryness. To maintain clarity and crispness the wine was carefully fined, cold-stabilized, and gently filtered. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and was bottled in February 2015 after briefly resting in stainless steel tanks.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
Aromas of Asian pear, tangerine and jasmine flowers. Yellow and white stone fruits and citrus blossoms coat the mouth. The wine maintains a refreshing crispness on the long finish.
Blend: 100% Viognier
Production: 146 cases 750ml