Onward Wines

2016 Pinot Noir

A graceful lady that will continue to evolve for hours in the glass and years in the bottle

About this wine

The aroma is brimming with mountain cherry and bright raspberry notes, complemented with complex aromas of sweet tobacco leaf, dried candy cap mushroom, rose petal and sandalwood. It shows a layered tannic structure, round soft middle and lengthy finish. This wine has many stories to tell. It is loaded with depth and yet so open and alluring. She is a graceful lady that will continue to evolve for hours in the glass and years in the bottle. The Cerise Vineyard site is a gift to Pinot Noir lovers; coastal, steep, rocky and rugged, producing extremely low yields and intense clusters. This steep hillside vineyard’s elevation ranges from 650-1000 feet. Its rocky and moderately-low-nutrient soils limit yield and overall vigor, which results in both small berries and clusters. The site is close to the ocean, which provides a morning fog layer and afternoon coastal breezes that moderate the summer heat. Cerise Vineyard is sustainably farmed, using organic and biodynamic principles, and the attention to detail in the vineyard is remarkable. The clones in the Onward blocks are Pommard-5 and Dijon 115. The fruit was de-stemmed and the whole berries of both clones transferred to open-top fermentation tanks for a 10-day cold soak, which allows for delicate extraction and adds complexity. Gentle extraction was ensured also by performing punchdowns to mix the must and by maintaining moderate temperatures throughout fermentation, although allowing more heat than with Hawkeye in order to soften tannins. After fermentation, the wine was pressed and sent to barrel, where native malolactic fermentation was encouraged. The wine aged in ~20% new French oak barrels, with the balance in neutral French oak barrels. The barrels used for this wine are made from a tight-grain oak best suited for longer cellaring programs. The wine was left in contact with light lees in barrel and gently stirred to enhance palate weight and mouthfeel. The wine was aged for 18 months in barrel and then received an additional 18 months of bottle age before initial release.

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Faith Armstrong Foster


Onward Wines

As refreshing as the Pétillant Naturel she makes of Malvasia Bianca, many of the words used to describe Faith Armstrong Foster’s wine could be used to describe the winemaker herself. Honest, vibrant, unfiltered, true to her origins, bright, complex. To get to know Faith, taste one of her wines and then ask her a question about how it is made. Sit back and relax. You are about to be introduced to her passion.