Hirsch Vineyards, Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault 2016Regular price $70.00 Save $-70.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Stand above the fog line and glimpse the power of the Pacific at 1500 ft. elevation and you’ll begin to understand what attracted David Hirsch to his extreme site back in 1980. Hirsch was not born into the wine world. Rather he was a lover of pinot noir, more specifically Burgundy, to which I can very much relate. Buying and selling textiles between the US and France, he reached a turning point. The lure of a quiet farm life with his family brought him to Fort-Ross Seaview, on the Sonoma coast, just three hours from San Francisco. The property sits on a ridgeline, cleared of redwoods and fir trees with a climate that is incredibly coastal. Straddling the San Andreas Fault, the soils are intensely complex. Most world class vineyard sites are known for only having a few soils. Hirsch, on the other hand, has 44 different soil types. It should come as no surprise that this is one of the most expressive and important vineyards in the US.
Anthill Farms, Chardonnay Peugh Vineyard 2016Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Anthill Farms is a group of three friends who went against all the odds to start a winery in California. They didn’t have tons of money nor were they born into the business. They were cellar rats, the guys moving hoses and cleaning floors, for some pretty significant wineries, Williams Selyem being the most influential. However, while still quite young, the three decided to pull together a tiny amount of cash and start making wine at a crushpad winemaking facility. Before long the wines had a cult following and I have been drinking them ever since. Peugh vineyard is rare in the middle of the Russian River as the vines are head trained, something very rarely seen for Chardonnay. This is normally used on crazy, rocky soils with Syrah, Grenache or Mourvedre, but not Chardonnay. The reason this happened is the vines were planted in the early 1940s when California growers had no idea what they were doing. The result today is that this unique chardonnay is produced from some of the oldest wines in the entire state.