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At Longhand, we recognize that winemaking is a craft heavily influenced by nature. Our Winemaker, Alison Crowe, speaks to this personally. “In fact, I often say, Winemaking is a craft where Mother Nature is your boss.” The grapes and vineyards change daily so I track their progress carefully over the entire ripening season to ascertain the perfect “picking window” when we bring the fruit in to the winery. I record my vineyard and tasting notes in “longhand” in my journal because the journey of winemaking has so many twists and turns.” –Alison Crowe, Winemaker
Head Winemaker: Alison Crowe
Appellation: 100% California
We handcrafted this wine to represent the grapes grown in the Sonoma Coast of Sonoma County. The cool-climate vineyards are sustainably farmed and managed for optimum flavor, producing wines with bright fruit and balanced acidity. This Chardonnay is rich and balanced with hints of vanilla and Gravenstein apple on the nose carrying through on the palate to an elegant, silky finish.
We hand-picked the Chardonnay grapes at night to bring them fresh and cool into the winery. They were then whole cluster pressed directly to small stainless-steel fermentation tanks to let the grapes slowly turn into wine under ideal cool, controlled conditions. The wine is 85% Malolactic complete, in order to maintain the freshness, and lees stirring in tank provided round mouthfeel and additional complexity. A mix of 30% new French and 10% American oak contributed to notes of vanilla, spice and butterscotch while allowing the natural fruit to shine through. We aged on the lees for 9 months in order to extract the maximum richness from this wine.
This Chardonnay was sourced from our vineyards in the Sonoma Coast region of Sonoma County. The fog of the Russian River banks gives the wine freshness and provides a balancing ripeness and roundness. Rolling hills, sandy, well-drained soils and careful vineyard site selection mean that we get a great mix of ripeness, flavor density and acid retention.
Oak Knoll District
This Cabernet Sauvignon is pure elegance in a glass. Aromas of black cherries, pomegranate, dried cranberries and a hint of cassis. Its rich, silky texture coats the palate with layers of black cherries and a touch of cedar from French oak’s fine tannins. From beginning to end, the balance carries all the way through.
After the grapes were harvested, they were brought to the winery, gently de-stemmed to prevent bitter green notes and transferred to stainless steel tanks to ferment. Punch downs took place daily to better extract color and savor. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was racked into French oak barrels to age for 12 months prior to bottling.
Located in northern Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley is sheltered from the Pacific maritime influences by the low, lying hills northeast of Healdsburg. The region’s proximity to the Russian River encourages early morning fog that covers the vineyard areas until it burned off by the afternoon sun.
Longhand Pinot Noir is ruby in color and has ripe berry and vanilla aromas followed by flavors of cherry, strawberry, cocoa, and a hint of spice. The smooth mouthfeel, velvety tannins and super-long finish add up to a spectacularly balanced and luscious Pinot Noir.
The grapes were hand-picked at night and in the early morning hours. They were then brought to the winery and 100% destemmed. After a brief cold soak, they were fermented in small vats, maximizing temperature at 85 degrees F. After being gently pressed, the lots went through 100% malolactic fermentation before aging in French oak for 9 months. Patient months of aging yielded “elevated” characters of cherry, strawberry, toast and a little hint of spice. A mixture of light and medium + toast contributed body, richness and finesse character.
This Pinot Noir was sourced from our vineyards in the Sonoma Coast in Sonoma County. The fog of the Russian River banks gives the wine freshness and provides a balancing ripeness and roundness. Rolling hills, sandy, well-drained soils and careful vineyard site selection mean that we get a great mix of ripeness, flavor density and acid retention.