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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Winemaker Faith Armstrong Foster seeks to highlight California's unique grape growing history with both her Farmstrong label (which features blends of small lots of grapes from individual vineyards) and her Onward label (which focuses on single vineyards with distinctive characteristics). Faith works with farmers who are true stewards of the land, and this cuvée is a beautiful expression of the Capp Inn Ranch vineyard. Planted in 1995 by the Capp family, the vineyard was previously a prune, peach, and apricot orchard, but had fallen into ruin. Its clay loam soils drain well, with moderate daytime temperatures and cooling evening breezes that are well suited to white grapes such as verdelho and malvasia bianca, featured here. 100% malvasia bianca, this wine was skin fermented with native yeast, but remains fresh and fragrant, without those oxidative, Sherry-like notes that can accompany some orange wines. After time in neutral oak barrel, with the lees stirred every two weeks, the wine was bottled with a touch of those fine soft lees to enhance the velvety texture. Opulently aromatic, this explodes with the fragrance of rain-drenched magnolia blossoms, fresh melon rind, Valencia orange peel, and quince marmalade. A plush, silky texture on the palate invites sip after sip, evoking a tropical getaway in a glass! Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.