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Our First 1NGREDIENT Red Wine

Posted: Jan 18, 2022

We intro­duced 1NGREDIENT wines in 2020 as a part of our evo­lu­tion as wine­mak­ers, com­bin­ing our years of wine­grow­ing and wine­mak­ing expe­ri­ence with the goal of mak­ing wines exclu­sive­ly from one ingre­di­ent, cer­ti­fied Bio­dy­nam­ic wine grapes. While our ini­tial bot­tlings under this label were white wines — Sauvi­gnon Blanc, Viog­nier, and most recent­ly Chardon­nay — we are very excit­ed to expand into red wines with the release of the 2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah.

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1NGREDIENT Syrah aging in amphora inside our barrel room.

The 2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah is arguably our finest effort from our 1NGREDIENT label. The wine is pro­duced from Syrah Clone 174 grown in Block Six on Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard, which was har­vest­ed ear­ly for this wine, blend­ed with 2.5% 2019 1NGREDIENT Viog­nier. The wine saw the same aging reg­i­ment as the 1NGREDIENT white wines with 10 months of skin con­tact in ampho­ra fol­lowed by an addi­tion­al year of the wine aging in ampho­ra. As with all our 1NGREDIENT wines, the Syrah is clus­ter sort­ed then berry sort­ed, crushed and bot­tled by hand with no addi­tives or preser­v­a­tives. With only 13.5% alco­hol, the 1NGREDIENT Syrah is a tremen­dous achieve­ment from our win­ery crew.

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Viewing the wine through the amphora sightglass.
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Using gravity to bottle the wine; free flowing from the stainless steel barrel into the bottles.
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Replacing each bottle by hand on the bottling stand.

The inau­gur­al release of a 1NGREDIENT Syrah bot­tling is an amaz­ing and com­plex wine. Flo­ral, gamey, and spicy aro­mas wrap around a core of bright, fresh black cher­ry and plum. The wine is medi­um bod­ied and plush through the mid-palate with smooth tan­nins and acid­i­ty that car­ry the fla­vors to a long fin­ish. There is a tremen­dous min­er­al side with the lime­stone and clay from the ampho­ra cre­at­ing a sen­sa­tion of crushed wet rock. Amaz­ing­ly clean, the 2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah has the poten­tial to age 50+ years. Decant­i­ng is sug­gest­ed over the next sev­er­al years.

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2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah now available for $85.

In mak­ing 1NGREDIENT wines, we look to the past as we uti­lize prac­tices that were used gen­er­a­tions ago when wine was made nat­u­ral­ly – with­out the addi­tives and fan­cy pumps and fil­ters that wine­mak­ers uti­lize today. Our specif­i­cal­ly designed ampho­ra pro­vides a neu­tral ves­sel to fer­ment and age this wine, allow­ing the char­ac­ter of the bio­dy­nam­ic grapes to shine through in each bottle.

Our first 1NGREDIENT red wine is a seri­ous, com­plex, thought pro­vok­ing wine. The 2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah is now avail­able to pur­chase in our online shop for $85 per bot­tle. While our 1NGREDIENT wines will not be includ­ed in any quar­ter­ly Wine Club releas­es, mem­bers will receive their usu­al Club dis­counts on these wines and non-mem­bers will receive a 10% case discount.

We can­not be proud­er of this release and look for­ward to shar­ing it with you.

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