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On Father’s Day, Father’s & Daughters Cellars released its first two wines - a 2012 Ella’s Reserve Pinot Noir and a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from Ferrington Vineyard. Production will be between 60 to 100 cases of each varietal and are primarily through a mailing list or by ordering online through the website.
The label represents the collaborative effort of three generations of fathers and daughters: Patriarch Kurt Schoeneman, his daughter Sarah, Sarah’s spouse Guy Pacurar, their daughter, Ella, and Guy’s older daughter, Taylor. While lauded wineries like Williams Selyem, Schramsberg, Flowers and Arista have produced wines from Ferrington fruit, the family has never created and bottled a wine for sale under their own label until now.
Talented winemaker Phil Baxter of Baxter wines oversees production.
The wines were first poured at this year’s Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival and the LA Winefest. Subsequent releases will include a 2014 Chardonnay and a 2015 Gewüztraminer from the Ferrington Vineyard.
2014 Fathers & Daughters Ella’s Reserve Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.62,110 cases, $N/A (2013 vintage was $42). Pommard, “828,” and 667. Grapes 70% destemmed, 30% whole cluster. Native yeast fermentation, punch downs for 19 days twice a day. Basket pressed, aged 18 months in neutral French oak barrels. Winemaker Phillip Baxter. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry, spice and sandalwood draw your nose into the glass. Striking fruit presence with a deft touch of spice and oak. The wine finishes with good generosity. Well-structured for long term drinking. Score: 93. Reviewed July 8, 2017 ARTICLE »
2013 Fathers & Daughters Ella’s Reserve Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 70 cases, $42. Clones are Pommard, “828,” and Wädenswil 2A. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Winemaker is Phillip Baxter. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Lovely perfume of fresh red cherries and spice. The mid weight flavors of cherry and cranberry are slightly shallow upon opening but pleasing. The tame tannins and harmony make for easy drinking. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine exhibited more powerful fruit flavors persisting through a generous finish. Score: 90. Reviewed July 24, 2016 ARTICLE »
2012 Fathers & Daughters Ella’s Reserve Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.6% alc., pH 3.19, TA 0.82, 62 cases, $42. Harvest Brix 22.9º. Clones 667, Pommard and Wädenswil 2A. 25% whole cluster inclusion. Native yeast fermentation, twice daily punch downs for 21 days. Gently pressed in a small basket press and transferred to barrel where it was aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light crimson color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry pie glaze, red raspberry and earthy flora. Crisp and lively on the palate, with a bright array of deliciously fresh red and blueberry fruits in a light to mid weight style characterized by supple tannins. A thread of citrus-imbued acidity runs in the background and lifts the finish. A very stylistic wine that shows winemaker Phil Baxter’s fingerprint. Score: 91. Reviewed July 12, 2015 ARTICLE »