2019 Spring Release

Hello Friends!

… & Happy Spring!  I am currently trying to stay afloat in the vineyard as it continues to push new shoots right before my eyes.  This transition into spring has solidified my year mark of farming Chene Vineyards in Edna Valley as I continue to transition the 6.5 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, towards biodynamic farming practices.

I started farming Chene Vineyards after my first vintage of Lady of the Sunshine wines in 2017, which split my time in the vineyard and cellar from then on, helping me to connect back to the vineyard to pursue biodynamic farming on my own.  Through applying biodynamic farming practices in the vineyard, I am aiming to express the purity of the land through my wines, while continuing to farm in the most transparent and responsible way I know how. Chene Vineyards is on track to be certified through the Demeter biodynamic organization by next summer, June 2020, and it will be the second vineyard within the Edna Valley to be certified biodynamic.

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I’m grateful for my experiences in winemaking that have taken me full circle, back into the vineyard where I can align my winemaking philosophies with my farming philosophies.  I’m thankful that Lady of the Sunshine has become a platform for me to share my experiences with biodynamics and to work with other farmers to transition other local vineyards towards more organic practices.  My wines hold a whole new meaning as I have been the caretaker of them from pruning in the vineyard, all the way through bottling at the winery. This experience has been humbling, challenging, exhausting, but most importantly, it has been a gift.

In other fun news, Mikey and I are getting married in just a few short weeks, at a very special place near and dear to us, my family’s property in the Sierra Foothills, Narrow Gate Vineyards.  We can’t wait to celebrate our love surrounded by our favorite people in our favorite place. We will be honeymooning in Portugal shortly after, with plans of caravanning around the coastline and visiting the islands.  Wedding planning - on top of farming and making wine - has proven to be possible, but just barely, our excitement has been the fuel to the fire.

 As we spring into this new season, I am excited to share with you 3 new wines that speak of origin and the hands that farmed them.

They are vibrant, alive, and full of love.

NEW WINES

2018 Sauvignon Blanc | Coquelicot Vineyard | an Ynez Valley

This wine comes from an organic vineyard in San Ynez Valley, just outside of Solvang.  The grapes were foot stomped and soaked on their skins for a quick 24 hours before being whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in neutral french oak barrels.  The wine went through native malolactic fermentation and was aged on lees for 8 months. The wine was bottled unfined and filtered.

Think skinny margarita - sea salt, lime juice, and fresh green pineapple.

11.5% alcohol, 235 cases produced, $28 / bottle.

2018 Chardonnay | Chene Vineyards | Edna Valley

This vineyard is on the southwest side of Edna Valley, just four miles from the ocean. Chene vineyards is in transition to biodynamics and is farmed by myself. The vineyard sits on loamy sandstone soils that are filled with chalky white rocks.  The grapes were foot stomped and soaked on skins overnight before being whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in neutral french oak barrels. The wine went through native partial malolactic fermentation and was aged on lees for 8 months.  This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Think juicy summer stone fruits, lemon rind, and Pacific oyster cravings.

12% alcohol, 49 cases produced, $32 / bottle.

2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay | ‘Chevey’ Blend | Edna Valley

This wine was created from a fun collaboration (inspired by the wines from the Cheverny region) with Companion Wine Co. that I loved so much I bottled a single barrel in glass for Lady of the Sunshine.  This wine is 33% Chardonnay from Chene Vineyards and 67% Sauvignon Blanc from the neighboring Oliver's Vineyard owned by Talley. The wines were made in a similar fashion to the other Lady white wines, fermented with native yeast in neutral french oak barrels for 8 months before being blended together right before being bottled, unfined and filtered.  Think lime zest, white orchard flowers, tangerine marmalade with a briny acidity.

12.5% alcohol, 21 cases produced, $28 / bottle.

CURRENT RELEASE

2017 Pinot Noir | Lindsley Vineyard | Santa Cruz Mountains

This wine comes from an organic 2 acre vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, tucked up in the redwoods of Happy Valley. The grapes were fermented with native yeast with 33% whole cluster and aged in french oak barrels, 25% being new.  This wine went through native malolactic fermentation and was aged for 11 months in barrel, then bottled unfined and unfiltered in August 2018.

She tastes like the mountains - dark cherries, coastal forest, and herbal spice.

13.8% alcohol, 67 cases produced, $36 / bottle.

To purchase any of the above wines, please visit  www.ladyofthesunshinewines.com

WINE CLUB

The 2019 Spring Release will be comprised of the following wines:

2 x 2017 Pinot Noir | Lindsley Vineyard | Santa Cruz Mountains

2 x 2018 Sauvignon Blanc | Coquelicot Vineyard | Santa Ynez Valley

1 x 2018 Chardonnay | Chene Vineyards | Edna Valley

1 x 2018 ‘Chevey’ |Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Blend | Edna Valley

*If you would like to modify this arrangement or add on additional bottles, please respond to this email with your request by May 11th.  Orders will be processed on May 12th and shipments will be sent out on May 13th.

The Lady of the Sunshine wine club offers 6 bottles of wine twice a year, once in Spring and again in Fall, averaging $150 - $200 per shipment. Wine club members receive 15% discount on case orders with complimentary shipping and 6 bottle orders will receive 10% discount & standard shipping rates. Members have first access to new releases, complimentary tastings and invitations to winemaker dinners and vineyard visits. More information on the wine club can be found on the website or you can contact me directly with inquiries.

 Thank you all for the continued support on the second vintage release of Lady of the Sunshine.  It’s been truly a labor of love from the vineyard to the cellar to create wines that represent who Lady of the Sunshine is.  

Thank you again and I can't wait to share my new wines with you xx

Cheers,

     Gina Hildebrand

     Lady of the Sunshine

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