From our treasured Lone Wolf vineyard, planted to Mission and Grenache and who knows what else, in 1896, and then abandoned about 60 years ago. We have been working closely with the vineyard since we discovered it in 2019. The drought has been really terrible on Lone Wolf, killing some of the vines and leaving the rest too weak to produce much fruit. We harvested less than a quarter as much fruit in 2022 than we did in 2020.
In 2020, we began making a special harvest for "white fruit" from the vineyard. This year, we harvested the whole vineyard in one pass-- but separated the yellow clusters and the palest pink and red clusters of Mission and Grenache for white wine. We foot stomped and then pressed without maceration. The acidity and freshness are really good, but the wine is also structured. It is barely white, more like a pale, but structured, rosé.
We harvested so little fruit in 2022 that we made no red wine (about 12 gallons of wine for an eventual Chinato) and only 140 bottles of magical white wine.