The last time our friend Steve Edmunds was in town he said that to his knowledge Neil Young is not aware of this wine. Neil's loss! This wine is an almost even blend of Vermentino and Grenache Blanc from El Dorado County. Even with the Grenache Blanc, known for its viscosity, high alcohol, and low acidity, Heart of Gold shows intense minerality and freshness. Malolactic fermentation is blocked to contribute to the wine’s salty tension, and the vines are located all the way up at 2800 feet. Steve only makes about 140 cases, so we’re happy to get what we can! JR
Since 1985, the Edmunds St. John label has stood for balanced, low-alcohol, and terroir-expressive wines from some of the most unique and well farmed vineyards in the state of California (Fenaughty, Witters, and Barsotti to name a few). Winemaker Steve Edmunds spent decades as a renegade minimalist surrounded by point-hungry power players. And while an energetic new wave of producers in California has been credited with bringing balanced, gastronomic wines back into favor, Edmunds has been making them for his entire career. It is tempting to suppose that all these years of practice have paid off in increasingly elegant, age-worthy wines, but our experience with older Edmunds St. John cuvees demonstrates that he's been making truly great wines from the start.
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