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 in clay and limestone soils on a western facing slope. Fermented with wild yeasts on the skins, unfined and unfiltered. ‘Loup d’Or’ is named in homage to the “fireside tales” of the golden wolf of their Alpine terrain.
Tasting Notes: Foggy gold in colour, with aromas of mandarin orange, nectarine, smoke, wildflowers, clover honey, roasted nuts and saline minerality. Orange, mango, nectarine, sea salt, wildflower hint along with summer earth glazed by tangy acidity and light green tea tannins. Herbs, orange zest and marigold linger between each shimmering sip.
Produced & Bottled by La Garagista Farm & Winery