Aparicio Chenin Blanc April 3, 2016 11:57
In 1973 Joe Aparicio and his wife, Iris, took over farming of his father’s vineyard. Santos Aparicio planted the original five acres to Zinfandel and Carignan in 1934 at the top of the ridge overlooking the hamlet of Sutter Creek. Own rooted, head trained and dry farmed in the remnant of an ancient Mehrten mud flow overlying slate and green schist, the vineyard remains just as it was except for one addition: Chenin Blanc
The year after this husband and wife team took over, Joe planted the variety Iris was so fond of. Just north of the original block along the fence line he planted as his father would have. The vines were put in the earth on their own roots and watered by hand from a barrel filled with water from the creek below.
Today 50 vines remain. In a good year we can make about one barrique but usually see about three quarters of a barrel. We prune, we pick and nature takes it’s course from there in a neutral barrel for about twelve months. This tiny lot is a rare example of the incredible potential for California foothill warm climate Chenin Blanc. The fruit is often quite ripe by the time the pH gets above three, so it’s a big wine but it is also balanced and light on it’s feet. We’ve named this wine Iris.
Bottled last summer just prior to harvest, the 2014 vintage will be released to the mailing list exclusively this coming harvest, 2016.