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.
This month I am pleased to present my first Pinot noir wines from the 2021 vintage, the last harvest from my vineyard at 12345 Oak Road (seriously, that was the address). There could be no greater reward for all the work we did on that land than what we were gifted in parting: our most generous harvest ever, brought to ripe perfection. The wines made from those moments in our hands are imbued with the very special energy of beginnings that start with endings.
Monday’s Child and Tuesday’s Child were born from a single lot of Pinot noir, a few rows of perfectly ripe fruit from all corners of the vineyard combined into one lot in the field, then separated at birth into three parts before vinification. For me, this was about pulling perfect Pinot Noir ripeness through a prism to see what was on the other side.
Monday’s Child, in traditional rosé style, spent less than 24 hours on the skins and went to press cold. A cold and brief infusion to preserve the layers of crisp flavor and the effusive bouquet of spring flowers and berries.
Tuesday’s Child spent 48 hours on skins, a longer infusion, at ambient temperature (which was cool, not cold) before going to the press. At 48 hours she was a completely different child than her sister, spice and bramble in her hair.
The third child, Sunday’s Child, went through a fully traditional Pinot noir maceration, on skins until dryness, and then to barrel to sleep until the Fall.
The first two children are, themselves, the blushing cheeks of spring and early summer, and like the seasons, they are best lived and absorbed in their moment. And that moment, my friends, is now.
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