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|Grapes||Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Biodynamically Grown, Vegan|
Walsh & Sons is a family-owned winery that aims to create small batches of wine with big personalities using sustainable methods. Their wines are fun, youthful, and “different from the mainstream”. Owners Ryan Walsh and Freya Hohnen have both been involved in winemaking since they were children, both raised in wine families. Before turning to winemaking, Ryan and Freya were rural farmers who raised sheep, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, an experience that strongly influences how they make their wines. All of their wines are named after the many nieces and nephews in the Walsh family, who also inspire the jovial artwork on their labels. The ‘Lola’ is a blend of 60% syrah, 25% cabernet sauvignon, and 15% grenache. The syrah and cabernet were fermented 20% whole-cluster in concrete before going to neutral barrels, and the grenache was fermented traditionally and pressed straight to barrel. The three wines were combined after a year of aging separately and bottled unfined and unfiltered for optimal expression. The resulting wine is wonderfully balanced, with the syrah and cabernet producing structure and tannin on the midpalate and finish, and the grenache heightening the nose and brightness of the fruit. Biodynamically grown, vegan.