Sonoma, Mendocino and Anderson Valley
Wilde Farm makes very small quantities of single vineyard wine sourced from old vine, low yield sites, where soil, climate and honest farming practices allow for a full expression of the variety and site. Winemaker Pax Mahle’s light touch and craftsman’s approach results in wines that are bright and balanced, emphasizing a harmony of acid and fruit. Pax is dedicated to using ambient yeasts and neutral oak, including stems in primary fermentation only when it makes sense, allowing fermentation to roll at its own pace, and bottling wines unfined and unfiltered.
Wilde Farm was a place long before it was a wine. Built in 1907 on the estate of Samuel Wilde, a successful coffee and spice trader, Wilde Farm began as a horse farm, with a generous kitchen garden of vegetables and herbs. It is of the Colonial Revival style popular at the time. The edifice itself is purposefully constructed, with hand-hewn floorboards, chestnut moldings, high, plastered ceilings and strong, honest lines. Much like its eponymous wine, the house was expertly crafted of honest materials and made to age gracefully. About twenty years ago, Loren Grossman and his wife took over custody of Wilde Farm. There they have raised three beautiful boys, in the only home they have ever known.
Together, Pax and the Grossmans work hard to ensure that they use the best grapes possible and that, as a team, they screw it up as little as possible.
High above sea level, 12 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and 150 miles north of San Francisco, Alder Springs offers cool climate growing conditions and fractured sand stone soils that are perfect for nurturing truly world class vineyards. While the average California grower expects yields of 20 pounds of fruit per vine, Alder Spring produce just 2 ½. Just enough for a single, spectacular bottle! The mouth-feel is light and billowy with a streak of concentrated apple laced fruit; honeyed fig and mineral laden length that reveals a concentration & intensity that bode well for the future.
Wilde Farm rosé is a fresh and energetic wine made from carbonic free run juice of Dolcetto from Fox Hill Vineyard. Rather than a saignée method, this is a very intentional rosé.