These vines are part of the original plantation by Charlotte Young in 1971. 2020 vintage marks these vine’s 49th harvest. This wine is selected from the far western side of the property where the vines absorb the water from the neighboring property and grow incredibly vigorous. Where the rest of the old vines have reasonable 3ft shoots, and moderately sized clusters, the “périphérie” row has sometimes 10ft long canes sprawling onto the floor and often football sized clusters. It didn’t make sense to put this anomaly section into the block designate wines. So, with an ode to the traditional way of harvesting and in an effort to make a fresh wine out of a serious vineyard, I made a co-fermented field blend.
Périphérie was harvested on a single morning just before the new moon in Virgo. The ratio of each grape was not a science, it directly correlates to the amount of vines in each row working up the western most side of the property. The Marsanne, Syrah, and Mourvedre were harvested into the same picking bins and brought to the cellar to be hand destemmed into open top barrels. After its native fermentation commenced, this wine was made with minimal extraction using gentle love touches and pour overs. Périphérie was sent to press after a little more than 2 weeks on its skins. This wine aged for 6 months half in stainless and half in neutral French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered in March of 2021.
This is a fresh but serious expression of Ibarra-Young Vineyard. Possibly its truest representation as it encompasses all three of the original blocks on the property. This wine has become quite special to me!
I like to start this wine slightly chilled and let it open naturally as the wine warms to ambient temperatures. You can seek out glimpses of all three varieties in this wine. Delicate yet fairly formal. This wine is good straight from the cooler on a picnic, or at your first dinner back with friends after a long year in quarantine.