When it comes to tradition, no one follows it more closely than the folks at Ancien Wines, where they take tradition and excellence to a higher level. Closely adhering to traditional production styles for their Chardonnay and Pinot Gris wines, they employ both barrel fermentation and barrel aging to ensure the truest to history wines they can possibly achieve. This allows their wines to hold a special quality that is lacking in many new-age produced wines.
Although they only produced 5 barrels of wine at their inception, this has allowed them to fine-tune their processes in winemaking and create wines that are exceptional within their varieties. Their Pinot Noir, the featured wines of their production, are above the mark for quality and taste, bordering on sublime. This is due to their highly selective practices and very discerning tastes as winemakers.
With vineyard blocks planted in several different AVAs, Ancien has taken the time to procure only the best terroirs for their vines. With only a few exceptions in their history, all of their blocks have been planted by themselves, with just a few pre-existing blocks purchased for their use. Those few blocks were of the most exceptional quality, making them the perfect addition to the Ancien collection.
Ancien has blocks located in a wide range of AVAs, including Carneros, Coombsville, Russian River, Sonoma Mountain, Willamette Valley, and Santa Rita Hills. Here they have planted Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. This lovely variety of regions has given them a vast range of soils to grown in as well, including sandy loam, Carneros clay (known for its sandstone underlayer), clay loam, and a variety of sedimentary mixtures in both Sonoma Mountain and Willamette Valley.
Willamette Valley, particularly, is known for being a fertile ground that suits a great variety of crops. This historically sought after region was once the region of choice for settlers to the western states and many fought to the death over plots during the great land rush of 1893. We’re not at all surprised by the desperate battle for this ground, as its lush nature is certainly worth acquisition. More recent “land rush” style events have happened since winemakers began to realize the opportunity available in the valley for growing vines and land prices have risen quite sharply over time due to demand.
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