Fathers & Daughters Cellars release two inaugural wines on Father's Day, which is this Sunday.
Fathers & Daughters Cellars pride themselves not only on their hand-crafted wine, but most importantly, on being a family. For patriarch Kurt Schoeneman, his daughter Sarah, Sarah’s husband Guy Pacurar and their daughters, Ella and Taylor, Fathers & Daughters Cellars is more than just a company, it’s a family legacy that will continue to grow, evolve and be passed down through generations.
The family has never created and bottled a wine for sale under their own label, until now. Starting on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21), the multi-generational brand begins selling its 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and its 2012 Pinot Noir – Ella’s Reserve.
With Sarah’s help, Schoeneman began visiting properties throughout Northern California in 1996. The search for the perfect piece of land on which he could grow grapes ended in the Anderson Valley, specifically, the Ferrington Vineyard.
Ferrington has earned a reputation for growing premium quality grapes and has received an almost cult-like status. Wineries such as Williams-Selyem, Schramsberg, Flowers and Arista have produced wines made from Ferrington fruit. Wines made with the Ferrington fruit have consistently received 90-plus points by wine reviewers. While the Pinot Noir grapes receive the most acclaim, few are aware that the vineyard also contains a block of 40-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines. These make up the first two wines released by Fathers & Daughters.
The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is a delicately balanced and vibrantly-floral wine. With lively aromas of orange blossom, lime zest and fresh cantaloupe melon, the wine also features a subtle hint of Serrano pepper and sea grass blended with jasmine for an added exotic spice. It consists of a round and smooth mid-palate with soft hints of toasted almonds to add texture.
Meanwhile, the 2012 Pinot Noir — Ella’s Reserve is made using the Clones 667, Pommard and Wadenswil 2A, and is a complex, balanced and vibrant Pinot Noir. Nutmeg, burdock, plum skin and graphite are all combined to give an exotic taste. Complimenting the spices are fresh fruity and floral aromas of violets, rose petals, bergamot and red current. The wine is rich and supple thanks to its blend of candied fruit, bramble and sweet tobacco. Its palate is categorized as bright and focused.
The Sauvignon Blanc is priced at $25, and the Pinot is priced at $42. Production runs between 60-100 cases per varietal, and the wines are primarily available through a mailing list (capped at 500). If interested in ordering the wine, contact the winery at (707) 813-1137 or email [email protected].
For more information, visit fanddcellars.com.