2022 Gamay - Santa Barbara County
This wine is made entirely of Gamay clone 358 planted at Shokrian Vineyard in Los Alamos, CA. Shokrian has been farmed organically for many years and is applying for organic certification this year. This vineyard appears sandy at the surface, but is rich in clay loam about 3 feet below the surface. I believe this aids to the magnificent density in this wine.
This Gamay was harvested around 21B and fermented 100% whole cluster, partially in open top barrels, and partially in a larger open top ferment. The grapes received a mixture of love touches and pour overs throughout 23ish days on skins. There weren’t many whole berries left at the end of fermentation. After pressing, this Gamay was aged in neutral French oak barrels until bottling unfined, unfiltered in March 2023.
2021 Gamay has the freshness of the new world, and the structure of an edgy old world Gamay. Like when you bite into a ripe Satsuma plum - lush sweetness, a little acid, and some tannin. But don’t forget about that little herbal kiss that consistently comes from this site. Perfect now, perfect in 5 years.
Art: The Darner dragonfly surrounded by its flowers of choice were painted by my brilliant mother, Eileen Anderson. The dragonflies are an integral part of the ecosystem as they prey on smaller invertebrates like mosquitos. At the same time they become food for birds and bats in the vineyard. The family of California quail, Callipepla californica, on the back are painted by me. The quail families run around the vineyard and surrounding bushes in spring and summertime and bring a delightful energy to the vineyard.
ingredients: organic grapes, minimal sulfites
109 cases produced
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