75% Pinot Noir / 25% ChardonnayFrom the winemaker:
"We are truly taken back by the results of this wine, which we call “Tulips”, named after Camille Shu’s art that is featured as the label for this wine from Johan Vineyard. The unique Johan site, which lays on marine sedimentary, Helvetia, silty loam, and even some rare broken granite soils really rings its influence on this wine in a truly “terroir” driven sense.
Like our other wines, we utilized the pied de cuve (vineyard native yeast cultivation) build up, a technique that we now use for nearly all of our ferments. The Pinot Noir was left whole cluster and the Chardonnay destemmed, which resulted in a somewhat semi-carbonic fermentation. We feel that the fermentation method and varietal co-ferment resulted in a gorgeously complex wine. We aged the wine for 10 months in two neutral Burgundy barrels (228 liters) and only added a miniscule amount of sulfur one time just before the wine bottling.
The 2018 “Tulips” Johan Vineyards is mineral-forward style wine that has true umami characteristics and is both fruity and savory at the same time, which we absolutely love! The aromatics are savory and spicy, with fresh strawberries, match stick, allspice and cardamom, and the ever present saline notes we typically notice in our Johan Chardonnays. The palate is electric and shows notes of red berries with brown spices. We believe the wine will develop gloriously in the cellar, but is drinking very well young too."