VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
The name Adastra is taken from the Latin saying per aspera ad astra, "through striving to the stars." Family owned, Adastra is run by Naomi and Chris Thorpe and son-in-law Edwin Richards, and features wines from Adastra Vineyards. Pam Starr has been the winemaking consultant since 1997.
The Thorpes bought the 33-acre Carneros ranch that became Adastra in 1984. Adastra Vineyards was established in 1989, returning vines to the Carneros property for the first time since Prohibition. 6 acres of Pinot Noir (Swan, Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 113 and 115), 7 acres of Chardonnay and 7 acres of Merlot are planted. Adastra's vineyards are certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
All the Pinot Noir was sold to Etude beginning in 1997, but a small amount was withheld in 2002 to launch the Adastra label. Talisman has sourced grapes in recent years.
Adastra is open for private tours by appointment.
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