My goal with Amrita is to make the purest and most texturally-layered Pinot Noir I can. In 2017, I secured fruit from a special planting of own-rooted old-vines at the Rim Rock Vineyard. This site is influenced by the Pacific Ocean and has a mixture of clay and weathered shale soils.
Using slender stainless steel tanks I carbonically fermented the whole clusters to capture as much freshness and purity as possible. The resulting wine is delicious and vibrant. Zero sulfur was added and I bottled it in Magnum (1.5L) trusting that this wine will age successfully for the next decade.
The name AMRITA honors the sacrifice of an 18th-century environmentalist in central India. In 1730 a woman named Amrita was protesting the local government’s destruction of a sacred forest in order to build a palace. She chose to give up her life to save the trees. Amrita and her three daughters were killed. As news of this tragedy spread, villagers came to honor Amrita’s death by defending the sacred forest. Ultimately, over 360 people were killed before the local magistrate finally relented and the trees were saved.
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