As a long time resident of Sonoma County, Loren Grossman wanted to create a wine company that reflected the authenticity and charm of his beautiful 100+ year old home, Wilde Farm. Luckily, he knew just the right people to help him do that – his close friend Pax Mahle doesn’t ordinarily make wine for other people, but Loren managed to persuade him to make an exception for this project. Add to that some A-grade vineyard owning contacts, and everything was in place for Wilde Farm to make a big impression when it burst on to the scene with a set of wines from the 2012 vintage. Following gushing praise from Antonio Galloni and Jancis Robinson (among others), the wines have immediately established themselves as one of the most exciting new projects in California.

Pax goes about making the Wilde farm wines as he does all of his others, which is to say maximum dedication in the vineyard and minimum handling in the winery, with native yeast fermentations, no chemical additions (save for a bit of SO2), neutral oak barrels and judicious stem inclusion. All of the wines are vineyard designates made in tiny quantities, including 198 cases of an ethereal Pinot Noir from Donnelly Creek vineyard in the Anderson Valley, a cool climate site that produces a wine that hovers around the 12.5% ABV mark each vintage but packs in a great deal of flavour and complexity. Fuller of body but just as elegant is a field blend from the historic Bedrock Vineyard (originally planted in 1854 and home to some of the state’s oldest vines) that features 30 different varieties but majors on Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet, Tempranillo, Mondeuse, Carignane and Mourvedre. Only 66 cases of this incredible wine are produced, making it an instant cult wine that has sommeliers and collectors fighting over allocations.

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