2018 Sunhawk Farms "Sleepless Nights" Field Blend Red
Grapes: Grenache, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Syrah, Marsanne, Viognier
Vineyard: Sunhawk Farms. 8 acres of grapes, 3 acres of olives on 280 acre property, Demeter certified, planted on steep terrain, volcanic/serpentine soils. John Schaeffer and his wife Nantzy have lived on this biodynamic homestead since 2001 and are fully committed to developing and maintaining a self-sustaining, healthy ecosystem.
AVA: Mendocino County
Vines: By far the most labyrinthine vineyard that we work with, sunhawk features primarily Rhone varietals spread across 4 winding, hilly blocks. It’s a challenging place to pick due to the quirky way the rows are planted, but it makes for some exciting sampling days! The soil and the vines are treated with a blend of herbs, minerals, and manure all sourced from the property. Disease and insect control are regulated by botanical biodiversity.
Method: Being that so many grapes go into this blend, we picked on two separate dates to allow even ripening. For the first pick, we foot tread whole clusters and left them on the skins for 48 hours before pressing, settling, and moving into stainless for fermentation. After the second pick, we foot tread the whole clusters and left them on the skins for 72 hours before pressing. The juice was then settled before moving into neutral barrels for 5 months elevage. The two lots were racked once for blending before bottling.
Case Production: 472