Human. Nature. Hope Well.
Hope Well wine is the alchemy between the natural world, my deep love for this ground and the unsung heroes whose strong hands, hearts and minds have helped me make it.
The landscape knows everything I want to learn in this life. Wine, for me, offers a different dimension of communication with my teacher and mentor, this place. The wordless communication of so many days and lessons culminates at harvest, and you are allowed communion and conversation.
I am thrilled to release my 2019 Pinot noirs. These wines have slept through 2020 like one bad fever dream, and are now awake and ready to bring relief to your holiday table, to your distanced zoom happy hours, and to your angry new math moments. I’m not psychic, but the fruit from 2019 had me so excited that we made 5 pinots instead of one, so whatever situation you have, there is a wine for that.
First there were the Three Children, born from the same lot of Pinot noir, separated at birth into three parts before vinification. Monday’s Child and Tuesday’s Child (pale and deep rosé) were released in the spring. Now Sunday’s Child is finally ready to join them. Sunday’s Child brings the whole project to its full realization, and the harmony of these three together in a tasting is worth the experience, an orchestra at the table.
The 2019 Hope Well Pinot Noir, the first wine of our house, has all the beauty of the vintage and voice of the vineyard, building on all the prior years with grace, clarity and maturity.
Now, to come back to where we started, hindsight often provides rich opportunities for seeing deeper magic in past moments. At the blending table, the Hope Well Pinot Noir came together so effortlessly. Sunday’s Child was of her sisters’ same parentage, no blending required. But one barrel, from cellar to blending table, had haunted me all year. No notes to pull into a chord, no weights to balance. A web of interconnected presents and pasts of this land laid down like so many sounds, colors, feelings, flavors, and aromas. And her name is Strings. Only 25 cases made, but I am very, very happy I didn’t blend her.
All five Pinots of 2019 can now be ordered from our secure online shop, and we will begin shipping orders on November 17.
Quantities on all these wines are very limited. So is our time here on Earth. Let’s toast all the things that connect us, the horror of new math, the way our masks ride up or down, the new relationships with ourselves, our families, our fellow humans, the strings between.
All current wines are available for purchase here.
Information about previous vintages of Hope Well wines is available here.
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