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Wilde Farm was built in 1907 by Samuel Wilde, a successful coffee and spice trader. Wilde Farm began as a horse farm with a Colonial Revival styled farmhouse. About 1994, the current owners took over custody of Wilde Farm.
The winery specializes in small quantities of wines from old vines and exceptional vineyards. The winemaker is Pax Mahle. Fermentations are driven by ambient yeasts, oak is neutral and fermentations proceed at their own pace. Stems are included sometimes. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Wine critic Antonio Galloni called Wilde Farm "one of the most exciting new projects I have tasted in the last few years."
In 2012, two Pinot Noirs were offered: Trois Fils Anderson Valley and Donnelly Creek Vineyard Anderson Valley.
2013 Wilde Farm Donnelly Creek Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
12.7% alc., $42. 50% whole cluster, ambient fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered. Winemaker is Pax Mahle. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Demure aromas of black raspberry, exotically spiced cherry, and rose petal leads to mid weight flavors of well-spiced purple fruits accented with oak. The fruit is vivid and a bit sweet in flavor with a wellsustained mid palate. There is some tannic astringency as to be expected with the whole cluster but it is not imposing. This wine should continue to improve in the bottle, offering more nuance and less dry tannin over time. Score: 90-91. Reviewed September 18, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Wilde Farm Donnelly Creek Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
12.7% alc., $42. Vineyard planted by Mary Elke in 1991 at confluence of Donnelly and Anderson Creeks just outside of Boonville. Pommard, Dijon and Stang clones. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Delightful aromas of black raspberry, cherry, strawberry and rose petal. Mid weight flavors of black raspberry, plum sauce and spice with complimentary oak in the background. Surprisingly ripe flavors at this ABV. Well-structured with a firm tannic backbone, and a finish with weight and presence. Score: 91. Reviewed March 16, 2015 ARTICLE »