Region: Sierra Foothills
Type: White Wine
In 2001, Hank Beckmeyer and his wife, Caroline Hoel settled in El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills, at a site 2600 feet up, and planted a few acres of vines - mostly Tempranillo but also Syrah, Tannat, Grenache, Negroamaro, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some unknown varieties that emerged from seeds in the compost heap. They use natural methods for making their wines and have been doing so long before it became trendy in California. Generally, this means native yeasts, neutral vessels, and nothing added except a small amount (if any) of SO2 at bottling. Their goal is to make wines that are alive and enjoyable to drink during all stages of their lives while at the same time expressing the vineyards.
The grapes for this Albarino come from Matthew Rorick's organically farmed vineyard in Calaveras County. The vines grow on very steep-east facing slopes of limestone topped with schist. Grapes are crushed whole-cluster prior to going through spontaneous fermentaion, and remain on the lees until bottling for extra creaminess.
This earthy wine is deep-golden and hazy in the glass, with aromas of wildflowers and meyer lemon zest. Saline on the palate with tangerine, tart lemon and a chalky minerality from the limestone soils.