Heart of Sand 2020
A Wine That
is a crucial piece of Californian wine history. From the deep sands of Cucamonga, just half an hour's drive from Los Angeles, these vines have been rooted here for around 100 years. The wine produced from them is powerful, yet also elegant — think white pepper, raspberries, and with a wild herbal twist... like walking through fields of wild herbs on a hot summer's night. Want a bottle to make you rethink everything you thought you knew about wine? You've found it here.
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- Winemaker: LA River Wine Co
Where and How?
This comes from a remarkable southern California vineyard planted in 1910 as part of Secondo Guasti's orginal planting in Rancho Cucamonga. Its maker, Abe Schoener, says,
"The history books portray the planting as mostly Zinfandel, but there is a surprising amount of Grenache that has survived: in fact, two vineyards, separated by a few miles."
"We harvested from the deep sand in the hottest days of August, brought the fruit back to the winery and foot-stomped it. There were 6 different fermentations in different kinds of vessels. We loved the wines fermented in upright wooden puncheons; the final blend is composed of these and one bin fermentation."
Naturally fermented, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The Winemaker: LA River Wine Co
Abe Schoener is one of a kind. A philosophy professor initially, he turned to wine during a sabbatical, and the rest was history. His philosophical way of thinking, and indeed his historical and cultural research, has always shown through in his wines. His Scholium Project wines became known as some of the first 'natural wines' of the US, but they were never born out of a desire to create natural wine — but rather through an explorative and curious thought process.
When Abe learnt about the complex and lesser-explored history of southern Californian wine, namely in Cucamonga, he set his sights on exploring viticulture and vinification in the south. Our cofounder joined him for the first vintage of what would become the Los Angeles River Wine Company in 2019, and he has since expanded to work with a vast array of ancient and semi-forgotten, often semi-wild vineyards. The goal is to highlight and bring these vineyards to the forefront, so that we do not risk their being pulled up, and hence a great loss of diverse genetic material.