Duvarita Vineyard, just west of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, lies on south-facing slopes of almost pure sand. The grapes here are farmed biodynamically by the friendly, dedicated, obsessive Brook Williams. The low vigor soils, very careful irrigation, small canopy, and a low fruit zone combine to make this one of the lowest yielding and earliest ripening vineyards we farm. The small clusters here give wines that are lean and elegant, with terrific intensity, minerality and a remarkable depth of flavor even at lower alcohol levels.
2018 was an excellent vintage at Duvarita. Yields were balanced and the fruit very healthy at harvest. The wines are perhaps more fresh, generous and juicy than the more austere 2017, and they will certainly drink well earlier. Still, the material and structure are there for aging as well. As usual, the wine is on the elegant side, just the way we like it. The wine was aged on its lees for 16 months in French oak barrels (15% new) and bottled without filtration. Extremely Limited. Only 150 cases produced.