The grapes were harvested in August to help preserve their natural acidity. All varieties were fermented separately then aged in neutral French oak barrels for 8 months with no S02. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to happen naturally. We added Picpoul to the Love White blend – adding more brightness. The Picpoul grapes come from vines that we grafted onto Roussanne vines at Love Ranch a few years ago. The cuttings came from Rorick Vineyard. This wine is unfiltered and may contain some sediment.
Love Ranch is farmed by our friend Oscar Ramos. The vineyard is located 35 miles south of Yosemite National Park in Madera. At 1300 feet in elevation, it is not your normal Central Valley vineyard. The soils are made up of granitic schist. We keep a large amount of leaves on the vines to protect against the heat. The crop is slightly larger to disperse much of the sun’s energy and prevent the sugars from spiking, helping maintain the alcohol below 13%. Love Ranch is CCOF.
About Love Wines
We started making our Love Wines because we want to provide a more affordable everyday drinking wine to a larger market while still espousing the key tenets we believe in — minimal intervention and sustainable farming. The Love wines are larger production blends by design. We still use only native yeasts and bacteria for fermentation with no additives or adjuncts, but we do choose to use trace amounts of SO2 at bottling. Each of the Love blends contain grapes from vineyards with varying degrees of intervention and the vineyards and blends can change with each vintage.