2022 Estate Périphérie
Ibarra-Young Vineyard, Los Olivos District AVA
These vines are part of the original plantation by Charlotte Young in 1971. The 2022 vintage marks these vine’s 51st harvest. This wine comes from the far western side of the property. Although we have hardly irrigated these rows in the last two years, we think the vines have been absorbing the water from the neighboring property for the last 51 years. While the rest of the old vines in the vineyard have reasonable 3ft shoots, and moderately sized clusters, the “peripherie” 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, a particularly hot and humid one in 2022. The ratio of each grape is not a science, it directly correlates to the amount of vines in each row working up the western side of the property. The Marsanne, Syrah, and Mourvedre were harvested into the same picking bins and brought to the cellar to be destemmed into open top barrels. After its native fermentation commenced, this wine was made infusion style with minimal pour overs and love touches. Peripherie was sent to the basket press after about 2 weeks. This wine aged for 6 months in neutral French oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered in March of 2023.
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!
You can seek out glimpses of all three varieties in this wine. Delicate yet fairly formal. A wild one like a melange of freshly harvested fruits from the garden, peeled and prepped for your seasonal jam making. Light, alive, easy, crushable.
Art: The weasel on the front was painted by my mother, Eileen Anderson. The native Mustela frenata, the long-tailed weasel, is a cheeky little critter on this cheeky little wine. We always get excited to see them around springtime in the vineyard. They are veracious hunters and help manage the gopher population in the vineyard. The beneficial insects on the back label are painted by me. These are some of the invertebrates we are looking for in the vineyard in order to maintain a healthy pest population, naturally.
Ingredients: beyond-organic grapes, minimal sulfites
109 cases produced
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