2020 End of Nowhere Verdelho Vista Luna Vineyard 'Little Faith'

2020 End of Nowhere Verdelho Vista Luna Vineyard 'Little Faith'

Regular price $28

Region: Amador County < California

Grapes: Verdelho

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic, dry-farmed, own-rooted vines at the
Vista Luna Vineyard, set at 3000 feet elevation;  foot tread and
fermented dry with 3 days skin contact; juice was pressed off and
racked to neutral French oak barrels after primary fermentation
finished; aged in barrel for 7 months; bottled unfined/unfiltered with
<10ppm So2; 11.4% ABV; 150 cases

Winemaker: Chris Walsh

Just when we thought we’d seen and done all of the natty wine
California had to offer, we stumbled across another scrappy upstart
(our favorite kind) -- Chris Walsh, a young dude making some great
natural wines high up in the Sierra Foothills.  He started his career
as an architectural lighting designer in NYC, but when the economy
crashed in 2008 and he got the pink slip, he took a job at a local
wine bar, was bitten by the wine bug and eventually worked his way up
to become a sommelier.  In 2014 the young Amador County native came
back home and purchased 20 acres across the road from the house in
which he grew up, began planting Rhone varieties, and called it Little
John Lane Vineyard.  The land is farmed organically, with the goal of
dry farming once the vines establish. Meanwhile, having worked for
Donkey & Goat, Terre Rouge, Matthew Rorick, and Shake Ridge Vineyard,
Chris made great connections in the area and has been able to purchase
fruit from organic vineyards while he waits for his young vines to
begin producing to make his End of Nowhere wines with organic fruit,
like this skin-contact Verdelho from the Vista Luna Vineyard.

'Little Faith' is Chris' skin-macerated Verdelho (orange wine) that is
insanely delicious and exotic, transporting us to faraway places.  The
scent is heady and intoxicating, heavy on ripe stone fruit, mango, and
apricot, but she's crisp and savory on the palate, with a fun almond
marzipan thing that gets swept away by a wave of acid.  Not too
tannic, this is an orange wine for everyone, especially those that
love their oranges on the aromatic side.  Serve well-chilled, but not
icy cold.

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