Human. Nature. Hope Well.
Another year older, the most exciting report I have is on the farm itself. The unceasing devotion to pouring as much redundancy into every physical and biological layer of this ecosystem as we possibly can is transforming what was already a special place into a canvas that paradoxically grows more effervescent and resilient with age. I am taken aback every day by the life that thrums, insistently, vibrating on every frequency, that grows and grows. More diversity, more energy, more love; the vineyard soaks it up like a sponge and pays us back in spades. Every time I tasted these new wines in the cellar, I heard the voice of the vineyard and I resolved to keep doing more.
2017 was the third vintage of Hope Well wine. I am delighted to be able to offer the inaugural 2017 Chardonnay for Hope Well in addition to the 2017 Pinot Noir (sold out) both of which present all that I could hope for from the efforts we put into allowing the fruit the time that it needs to achieve full, multi-octave resonance even in years like 2017 that are extremely hot and dry. It is now old hat to say ‘another hot, dry season,’ and it might sound like a way of getting in front of high alcohols and low acidity. Not so. The 2017 wines are fresh, nimble and reveal all the layers of Hope Well, the place, as it matures in voice and substance.
My 2016 Pinot Noir was bottled in September, 2017 and released in June of 2018. It is now sold out.
2015 was the first vintage of Hope Well Wine. Only seventy-five cases of 2015 Hope Well Pinot Noir were produced. It is sold out.
My 2015 Improbable Riesling was just bottled in January of 2018. After two years in barrel, what began as 726 liters, topped with itself, whittled down to a mere 500 L, one puncheon (double barrel) remained. In the end, 50 cases were bottled. Again, a very wordy description is posted HERE, should you be interested.