2022 Lolonis Vineyard Old Vine White, Redwood Valley Old Vine White
As the drought persists in Northern California, the octogenarians lording over the Lolonis Vineyard soldier on. Drought years always yield concentrated wines. Drought years from very old, dry-farmed vines take it to the next level. This is next level Sauvignon Blanc. We picked these miniaturized golden berries on the morning of Sept 28th, and whole cluster pressed them into stainless steel and one cigar-shaped barrel (thank you for the inspiration, Didier Dagueneau). The wine took a long, long time to ferment on its wild yeasts, but at last gave us a deeply mineral expression of soil with mere hints of white fruit and flowers. There may be no better accompaniment from our cellar with fresh oysters.