2009 Scholium Project Androkteinos Hudson Vineyard
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Growing conditions mean everything to this wine. Lee Hudson moved us to a new and unexcelled section of the vineyard in 2007, and since then we have made a wine that makes us deeply proud every year-- warm fall, cold fall, dry fall, three rain storms. No matter. So I do not mean that the success of the wine depends on its growing conditions in any particular year. I mean that the wine roams a wide territory of excellence, and where it makes its home in a particular vintage depends on a) spring rains and b) fall rains. Spring drought confers from the beginning intensity and fierceness; fall rains do not inflate the fruit, but bring on interesting microbes and a special set of flavors associated with soft skins. The 2009 fruit survived a couple fall rains and developed a tiny amount of mold that only intrigued us. It was deeply exotic from the beginning; dark and seductive even as juice. For the first time, we allowed the individual puncheon fermentations to mature in barrel separately; the result in the final blend is utterly new levels of complexity, as the individual fermentations strive against each other for dominance of the blend. There is new tension in this wine to match its usual richness and power.