These vines were planted in 1973 and have been farmed organically since 1999 (although some handwritten notes say it has been farmed organically since 1993). The vineyard is in Los Olivos District AVA on a moderately well drained alluvial bench. The Ibarra-Young Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, with the oldest being planted in 1969. The vineyard has had the same owners for its entire existence and the daughters and granddaughter of the woman who planted it continue to live on the land. Together we are on a journey to bring back the wild and native ecosystem to thrive alongside these old vines.
This Marsanne was harvested at 20.9 Brix on a fruit moon. The grapes were lightly foot-tredded and then pressed. This wine was fermented and aged in neutral French oak for 9 months and then racked and sent to bottle unfined and unfiltered in July of 2020.
Drinks fresh! Think Grosse Rousette of the Savoie rather than a traditional Marsanne from California or the Northern Rhone.