Vineyard notes Roussanne, Marsanne, and Muscat blanc come from First Generation Farmers in Contra Costa County; sustainable and ecologically sound farming.
Colombard comes from Ricetti Vineyard in Mendocino County; planted in 1948; certified organic; dry farmed.
Tasting notes Bright citrus with a hint of white flower blossoms; salty minerality; dangerously drinkable. Drink chilled.
Martha’s notes This is always a fun wine to make, as it is the first fruit to come into the winery in late August. First Generation Farmers is located outside of Oakley, Contra Costa County (affectionately CoCo). The weather and soils of CoCo are reminiscent of the Mediterranean, with a hot land mass, super duper sandy soils, and a near constant cooling wind coming off of the very cold salty waters of the Carquinez Strait. The resulting wines are full of summer flavors, slightly salty, and extremely drinkable. In 2018 we blended in some earlier season Colombard to illuminate the brightness of this wine. This old vine Colombard is versatile, as it maintains basically the same sugar level and acidity on the vine from August to November. When picked in late August it reminds me of a featherweight Basque Txakoli (while our late season Colombard going into our Honeymoon has a more Chenin-like characteristics). As fun as it is to make, this wine is even more fun to drink.
A fresh and balanced Chardonnay from one of the Central Coast's most solid, consistent producers. According to the winery, the 2012: "Citrus, stone fruit, smooth and integrated flavors, creamy and...