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.
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.
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.
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.