Antiquum Farm Passiflora Pinot Noir 2019
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This wine is sourced from the highest elevation vineyard sites. It follows the extensive holistic practices of the entire estate, using no chemical pesticides, fertilizers, etc., and relying upon animal and farm-based viticulture. Detailed, complex and balanced, it’s a spelunker’s wine, which invites a deep dive into dark recesses, some of which will only be revealed slowly and with further bottle age. Drink through the mid-2030s; for now enjoy the pretty cherry fruit, the agile weave of rock, acidity and earth, and the seemingly endless finish. Cellar Selection
Some do not see how the use of draft horses, grazing livestock and poultry in the vineyard, or infinite hours of meticulous hand labor can create a wine that is more unique, intense and full of life. Stephen doesn't understand how it couldn't.
Stephen often says his wines are made cluster by cluster. Growing wine one cluster at a time is a mentality, and a different one at that. It means starting small and staying small. It means countless hours of work that can only be done by hand. Going slower. It means that many times a season he personally touches, inspects, admires and yes, loves every single beautiful cluster. It means rigid culling without regard to my pocketbook.
This attention to detail is inspired by love for his life's work. Stephen is not a landowner overseeing the operations of a vineyard. He is the operations and a part of Antiquum Farm.