Eden Rift Vineyards
We are very excited to introduce Eden Rift, out of the Cienega Valley AVA in California, the perfect new addition to our portfolio.
Under vine since 1849, Eden Rift is one of the oldest continually producing estate vineyards in California. A remote, pacific refuge located under the shadow of the Gavilan Mountain Range, the estate rests on the San Andreas Fault. Only 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, this site benefits from an ideal, temperate maritime climate as well as the coveted calcareous soils requisite in the cultivation of vivid and energetic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Eden Rift's winemaker Cory Waller, spent time in Napa, Oregon and in Martinborough, New Zealand, and neighbouring Calera, before joining the team at Eden Rift. A man of few words, Waller favours the fruit of vines that struggle profoundly to produce small, yet delineated yields. He prefers to allow Mother Nature to do her thing.
Owner Christian Pillsbury is a true oenophile and an ardent lover of early California history. To him, authenticity comes from the history of a place. "We are completely devoted to old style American winemaking that is less intervention, lower alcohol, higher acid, better ageing and not looking at doing something that is widely big and powerful."
We are very excited to be working with Pillsbury and his team, and are delighted to offer the new 2016 releases.
• Eden Rift Chardonnay 2016: The last time I saw Chardonnay this beautifully colored was when I tasted Ceritas wines for the first time. R. H. Drexel,The Wine Advocate
• Eden Rift Pinot Noir 2016: There's a reason Pinot was planted here 80 years ago; it truly is a hidden gem that I hope we can open up to the wine world. Cory Waller
5 Reasons to put a few cases in the cellar
This is an exciting new addition to our list this year. These vineyards in the Cienega Valley in California have been under vine since 1849. Its mere 20 miles from the Pacific Coast give the region a cooling maritime influence, and its limestone soils are perfect for growing Chardonnay. Fermented in French oak barrels (20% new), its influence is subtle and well-matched by the fruit. A juicy and appetising style of New World Chardonnay with Old World grace.
On the nose, Waller's 2016 Chardonnay is an arresting saline beauty with clearly delineated notes of Thai basil, umami and white peaches. On the palate, it is vibrant with a bracing acidity and a long, clean finish. R. H. Drexel
The resulting 2016 Estate Chardonnay wine shows great focus, epitomizing nature of the Eden Rift Estate. The calcareous, mountain soil. The wind off the Pacific. It is bright and focused, with notes of gala apple, lemon peel, salted-nectarine, white flowers and minerals. On the palate, it shows creamy textures with a racy verve and a lengthy finish.
This is an exciting new addition to our list this year. These vineyards in the cool Cienega Valley, California’s smallest AVA, have been under vine since 1849. Its mere 20 miles from the Pacific Coast give the region a cooling maritime influence, and its limestone soils are perfect for growing Pinot Noir. The 2016 is a delicately violet-scented, strawberry-fruited Pinot Noir. There is a supple ripeness to the fruit set against plenty of acidity thanks to the valley’s deep diurnal range, where the fruit cools down over night and enjoy chilly mornings before being drenched in that gorgeous Californian sun. It is thus a wine of “lift and brightness”, owner Christian Pillsbury explains, rather than density and power.
I am blown away by the texture and savory aspects of his (Cory Waller's) Pinots, off-set as they are by a fresh, lively fruit presence, one that is never cloying. R.H. Drexel
The Estate Pinot Noir does a tense balancing act between red-tones and darker, fleshier fruits. One can pick out aromas such as pomegranate, blackberry, cherry pit, rose hip and black teas, as well as baking spices and chalk-like, mineral notes. At its core, it is focused with great verve and ageability. It shows medium weight with an elegant tannin structure.