Heirloom apples / Pinot Noir grapes Craft Cider
The intent in making this cider is simple: seeking heritage and heirloom apples, grown biodynamically, because sustainable growing systems and diversity in the orchard translate to a distinct expression of terroir and produce cider with a light footprint. Unfiltered ~ small batch ~ vintage varietals.
Both apples and grapes come from Filigreen Farm in Philo, Anderson Valley, a Demeter-certified biodynamic farm. Made with the Pinot Noir grapes (10%) and heirloom apples (90%) from Anderson Valley, this beverage represents a unique co-pressing of Pinot Noir grape pomace and 24 hour macerated apples. This hybrid enhances characteristics of both components; the Pinot Noir brings aromatics of cranberry, strawberry and currant, a subtle sweetness as well as acid and a unique phenolic structure. The six different varieties of apples bring their unique profile-crisp, clean mid-tone texture, and dynamic heirloom apple flavor. Both blend to make a drink with a full mouth feel, and a unique flavor. The gorgeous label is the work of Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), a leading figure during the Golden Age of British book illustration.
Harvest Date: September 2018 ; alcohol: 6.9%; bottling date: 4. 8.19; unfined & unfiltered; 129 cases produced.
About the Producer
Yamakiri Wines is an ongoing collaboration between Alex Crangle and Lisa Bauer. Alex is the brains and the brilliance behind the wine and cider making; Lisa mows, prunes, frets, delivers boxes and kegs of wine and cider, and is generally the owner of Yamakiri. Together, they share a commitment to biodynamic and minimally invasive growing and winemaking techniques, and a love of fermented fruit beverages that showcase the place they come from.
Nestled in the hills of Yorkville, California, Yamakiri is located in the Yorkville Highlands. One mountain range away from the Pacific ocean, they enjoy a moderate climate and benefit from warm afternoon air and cool evening breezes, which allow for an extended growing season. Yamakiri, or 'Mountain Fog,' is a constant presence.
The mature fruit, picked late in the season, produces complex and balanced wines. They also source grapes from Anderson Valley and Mendocino Ridge appellations. Many of their grapes are from vineyards not currently in commercial production. Left fallow or abandoned, the vines put forth fruit with exceptional flavor profiles and complexity. In sourcing grapes from such vineyards, Linda and Alex are reminded of Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer and philosopher renowned for his agricultural philosophy shizen nōhō (自然農法), or 'natural farming.' The five principles of natural farming include: no tilling, no fertilizers, minimal weeding, no pesticides nor herbicides, and no pruning of fruit trees. This system recognizes and utilizes the complex nature of an ecosystem and its living organisms. Yamakiri aspire towards this minimal human intervention. They mow and prune the vineyard minimally, and apply only biodynamic preparations to the grapes and land. The vines are dry-farmed, with deep-reaching roots. They do not irrigate, instead depending on the gracious winter rains for water. They believe this approach to producing grapes allows them to reach their best potential flavor and expression.
Wine.sprudge.com - Nov 29, 2018: Very Fukuoka: Lisa Bauer Of Yamakiri Wines And Sin Eater Ciders