Our first release from the Pierce family’s extraordinary Ishi Pishi vineyard near Hoopla in northern Humboldt County. Pat and Joachim Pierce are talented organic growers skilled in grapes and other crops. Nestled in a sheltered clearing surrounded by forested mountains with a rich red clayey loam soil, this vineyard produces full ripeness at low brix. Their skills and the site’s perfect characteristics produce wines of unrivaled density and integrity that preserve themselves without sulfites, and in time produce wines of astonishing complexity and depth that age well.
We stabilized the structure with discreet doses of oxygen, barreled down in neutral wood and ignored it for over five years where a complex microbial equilibrium was established. What emerged is an indescribably alluring wine that seductively pulls you into the glass. The organic practices impart a minerally palate energy to the finish.
The wine remains fresh and purple, and will repay extensive further cellaring. Delicious now or in two decades. Recommended with steak porcini, ripe époisse cheese or duck fois gras.
19% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Petit Verdot
3% Cabernet Franc
Ishi Pishi Vineyard, Humboldt County
Organically grown – no herbicides or pesticides
Harvested 1 November 2014
Roman-style: No added sulfites
Anchor NT 112 yeast inoculum
10 g.L Bois Frais Alliers chips
Six weeks microbüllage pre ML
55 months in 20-year old neutral French oak
pH 3.80 at bottling
Ishi Pishi Vineyard