The goal of Civic Winery is to be transparent about our process. Every day each of us make decisions about what to eat and drink, guided by an array of information and personal perception about what is most beneficial to us at that time. We want to be part of your life as a product you can trust each and every time you enjoy a bottle. We aim to make delicious wine from grapes and grapes alone. If we make a decision to add anything or adjust a wine in any way, we will let you know. Transparency is critical so that each of us can make the best decisions we can for ourselves, our family, and our community.
Johan Vineyard is a certified biodynamic vineyard sitting at the furthest eastern reaches of the Van Duzer Corridor. Planted at lower elevation in the path of cool Pacific wind, grapes ripen slowly, gaining flavor and retaining acidity. Farmer Dan Rinke manages the vineyard, coaxing individualistic expressions from each block of the property.
Grapes were handpicked the morning of September 29, whole cluster pressed, and the juice was hyperoxidized. After settling, the juice was racked off of gross lees to 100% NOVUM amphorae where fermentation began spontaneously. Each amphora was co-fermented with a blend of Pinot noir (66%) and Chardonnay (34%). As primary fermentation was finishing, the wine was racked off of fine lees and chilled to halt fermentation. Just prior to bottling, the wine was mixed to homogenize extra fine lees and warmed to encourage the completion of primary in bottle.