May 21, 2019 Onward and Farmstrong Wines
In Suisun Valley, just southeast of Napa Valley, California, a pocket of Malvasia is grown. These grapes formed the basis on which Onward Wines was built. Faith Armstrong is the winemaker behind these wines and she has done consultation work with Texas Hill Country Winery, William Chris Wines on their Pet Nat. The wines we tasted today are those wines made by Armstrong in the winery in Sonoma County.
2018 Onward Pet Nat. Malvasia. Yeasty on the nose with tropical fruit (guava) on the nose. Crisp and very dry. Lightly sparkling.
2017 Onward Pet Nat Rose. Pinot Noir. Dry but some red cherry fruit in the finish. Long and elegant finish.
2014 Farmstrong White. Albarino, Godello and Grenache Blanc. Neutral Oak. Some citrus on the nose, but not as strong as a Sauvignon Blanc.
2015 Farmstrong Red. Single Vineyard Zin, Carignane and Surah. Contra Costa County fruit. Beautiful texture, bright and fresh berry fruit.
2018 Farmstrong Rose. Zin/Carignane. Bright acidity, palest straw-rose color. 11.9% abv. Bright strawberry fruit.
2016 Onward Cap Inn Ranch Malvasia. Cool climate, 180 Ft above sea level. Coastal fruit. Picked early. Bright acidity but still tropical fruit (more grapefruit/pomelo).
2016 Onward Skin Fermented Malvasia. Notes of stone fruit on the nose. Bigger, tannic and chewier than the other still Malvasia.
201/ Onward Hawkeye Rose. Pinot Niir. Very creamy and super dry. Red fruit at the back of the palate.
2014 Onward Hawkeye Pinot Noir. Cranberry color, bright red tart cherry fruit.
2014 Onward Carignane. Med Ruby color. 80 yr vines. Picked younger not as much ripe fruit but velvet tannin.
Look for the two pet nats, the Cap Inn Ranch and Skin Fermented Malvasias at Somm Soon!