Lone Wolf Classic 2020
A Wine That
is dear to LITTLEWINE's heart — in fact, our cofounder helped to create the first vintage of this wine with its maker, Abe Schoener. It comes from one of the oldest and most diverse vineyards in southern California, where the land hasn't been tilled for a hundred years: this is as natural as one gets to natural farming. The vineyard is peppered with wild herbs, oak trees and borders onto the wilderness. You find this wild side in the wine, too. As it's made from the País grape variety, there's a lot of tannin here, but the fruit profile is ever-so-light — this defines the word 'ethereal' in wine. Think forest fruits and the scent of walking in a warm forest or amongst aromatic shrubs... this is that plus so much more in one bottle.
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- Winemaker: LA River Wine Co
Where and How?
This comes from an incredible vineyard in southern California — all the way down in Temecula, where very few vines survived a severe outbreak of Pierce's disease in the 1990s. However, this is truly in the middle of nature, bordering only the wilderness, so these 100+-year-old vines survived.
The majority of the vineyard is the País variety (originally from Spain and the Canary Islands), but as it's so old and diverse there could well be examples of other varieties such as Grenache and Zinfandel amongst them.
The vineyard has been untilled since its planting, and oak trees and wild herbs have been allowed to grow amongst the vines. Several vines have been unpruned for decades, but some have been pruned from time to time. This cuvée gives you a remarkable insight into this special place.
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.