2022 Lolonis Vineyard, Redwood Valley Old Vine White
Our Old Vine White from the octogenarian vines on the Lolonis Ranch is not an every-year-wine. Some years the yields are just too low to bottle both our perennial Sauvignon Blanc and this OVW. Vintage 2022, which marked the 3rd consecutive year of drought in Northern California, was right on the edge. We were able to parcel off 2 ½ picking bins of fruit for this co-ferment. All three varieties went directly to press and were co-fermented on wild yeasts in an acacia wood barrel. Once malolactic fermentation had completed, the wine was racked to stainless steel for one month and then bottled without fining or filtration. Final result? A white wine chiseled from stone. With a pH of 3.1 and nearly 8 grams per liter of finished acidity, it's hard to believe just how much fruit concentration is in the wine. Lime blossom, chervil, petrichor, yellow kiwis, mirabelle, and honeycomb are present. Decant a bottle for 20 min. and pass the fish & chips!