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This Field Blend was made as a tribute to the heritage of our home in Dry Creek Valley. One hundred years ago in Sonoma County, wines were made with little to no intervention or technology. Their natural winemaking approach is one that emulates the style of wines made by these early vintners. The defining characteristic is whole-cluster fermentation (carbonic maceration). They use all native yeast for spontaneous fermentation, all native bacteria for malolactic fermentation, and add no Sulphur throughout fermentation. Also, in line with the tradition of incorporating white varietals, they chose to co-ferment with Muscat Blanc for a distinct and unmistakable flavor and aromatics.
Wine is a natural product in the first place. I think our craft got diluted with the advancement of technology and science. Additives and commercial yeast became commonplace, and people began building wines to certain specifications, at times in complete disregard of terroir or the grapes themselves.
As a novice winemaker, I relied on commercial yeast as a security blanket to make sure that the wine went fully through fermentation. I had heard a lot about native yeast but was hesitant to gamble with our fruit because I was not confident that the native yeast would have an alcohol tolerance high enough to get me through fermentation cleanly. When I did finally experiment with native yeast, I was surprised at not only how effective they are but how the unique character of the vineyard shines through the fermentation process for a less adulterated expression of terroir. I came to realize that adding anything to fermentation takes away from the wine. Our goal is to have a very hands-off approach that highlights the purity of fruit and the deliciousness of a lighter bodied red wine.
Erik Miller, Owner/Winemaker
Denny & Katie
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