Our 2016 Homestead fruit is sourced primarily from exceptional vineyards in the Gabilan Mountains, with some Syrah and Grenache from our Estate Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The granitic, quartzite and limestone soils of the Gabilan Mountains are reflected in this wines tension and aromatic complexity. The Carignane is sourced from vines over 85 years old in the Cienega Valley and the Mourvedre from vines over 25 years old on the calcareous and granitic slopes of Chalone.
2016 was a beautiful vintage - good yields, a moderate growing season and decent weather through harvest - that allowed us to nail the pick dates perfectly and make wines with minimal intervention. Picking dates ranged from September 7 to October 10. Virtually nothing was
added to the wine until after the fermentation was complete when a small amount of SO2 was used. Every lot was fermented with native yeast in small 1.5 ton fermenters and most of which included the use of whole clusters which we feel amplifies aromatics and adds texture. The wine was then aged in neutral French oak barrels which serves to highlight the purity of fruit and trasparency to the terroir of the Gabilan Mountains.