Onward Wines, Pét-Nat Malvasia Bianca 2022, Capp Inn Ranch, Suisun Valley, Coast Range, North Coast, CA
This aromatic and fresh Pét-Nat is light bodied with fine bubbles. It’s floral and citrus on the nose, with brininess on the palate.
APPELLATION: Suisun Valley
REGION: North Coast
SUBREGION: Solano County
VINEYARD: Capp Inn Ranch
GRAPES: Malvasia Bianca
SOIL: clay loam
VINIFICATION: Native yeast fermentation finished in bottle, no sugar or juice added.
METHOD: Ancestral Method
COLOR: Pale gold
BODY: Light to medium
PRIMARY AROMAS: brioche, jasmine, citrus blossom, melon rind, lime
FLAVOR: preserved lemon, briny, fresh
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION: Serve chilled. Serve with a classic Trout Meunière.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Winemaker, Faith Armstrong Foster
Onward Wines are single-vineyard, site-driven wines and Farmstrong Wines are blends, and in both expressions the vineyard sites are very special to me. I am a true believer in personal connection and there is a story behind each vineyard site and how it came to be part of my portfolio. In these stories you will learn more about the people behind these vineyards. I liken my connection to these vineyards to that of one’s favorite shirt or coffee mug or chair. Like a well-worn fabric or a slightly chipped mug that may have initially caught my eye for its beauty, but over the years it has won my heart because it just feels right. When it comes to vineyards this happens too, and it is a combination of my connection with the vines themselves and my connection with those that tend them. For me the growers’ hands are most definitely part of the terroir.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD: Capp Inn Ranch
Capp Inn Ranch vineyard was planted in 1995 by the Capp family. It was previously planted to prune, peach and apricot trees, but had been left uncared for before the Capp family took over the land and planted it to vines. The vineyard sits at 180 ft elevation. The soil is Brentwood Series which is clay loam, which drains well, yet retains moisture keeping it available to the vines. The daytime temperatures are moderate, enough to ripen both Malvasia and Verdelho. Then the cool evening breeze arrives and drops the temperature, thus cooling the vines and retaining vibrancy in the fruit. (onwardwines.com)
ABOUT THE LABEL: The label depicts the boat the Onward, which was the boat that Faith Armstrong used to travel to school from her home on an island when she was young.