Estate: Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber began farming at the edge of the forest on Mount Hunger in Barnard, Vermont in 1999. Their property was part of a small farm with a history going back over 200 years. In addition to vines, they cultivate vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs with low intervention, organic and biodynamic methods. Their first vintage was 2010.
Philosophy: “Our mission is to care for our land in creative and natural ways, make way for the honest narrative told by the wines and ciders that express our unique landscape and each vintage year, and share in and support the spirited food and agriculture of our community.”
Winemaking: Grapes are from a wild vineyard on the edge of a lake. Handpicked, sorted and foot crushed. Fermented with native yeasts, no added sulphur. Unfiltered and unfined.
Tasting Notes: Transparent red-violet in colour with aromas of tart cherry, wild
flowers, cherry, blueberry and soft spice. With a barely there frizzante fizz, tangy pomegranate, cranberry, blackberry, blueberry and cherry are complimented by earth, spice, a trace of licorice and an herbaceous vein. Silky black tea tannins and fresh acidity fuse with tangy red fruit on the clean finish. Super fruity, engaging and refreshing.
For more info on the cold climate hybrid, Marquette, check out Marquette Nouveau in Vermont: A Not-So-New Style of Wine from a Still-New Grape over at The Cork Report.
Produced and Bottled by La Garagista