Taste the sun, the fog, The ocean breezes
that waft over these folded hills.
Truly a Handmade Wine
In making Folded Hills wines, our goal is to respect the land, and through the wines, express its unique voice. Winemaker Michael Brughelli works with grower Ruben Solorzano to select the optimum picking times to capture both freshness and flavor, while also considering the vines’ natural response to the lunar cycle. With as little interference as possible, we let the grapes speak for themselves. At the same time, we strive to craft beautiful wines with a focus on purity. We use old-world practices in our certified organic vineyards. We consciously handcraft small-batch artisanal wines, using no commercial additives and the smallest amount of sulfur - just enough to preserve the wine. Folded Hills wines contain no residual sugar and use only native yeasts that occur naturally in the vineyard. It’s all part of our promise to make wine in an honest, time-honored way.
In addition, we follow the biodynamic calendar from the vineyard to the glass. Because we are a small, family owned winery we never have to cut corners. Folded Hills follows the moon, the lunar, or biodynamic calendar. For instance, we plant, prune, water, harvest, bottle and release on a fruit or flower day. When you open a bottle of our wine you will truly taste the sun, the fog, the ocean breezes that waft over these folded hills.
There couldn’t be a better estate to represent the marriage of sustainable viticulture and extreme value in the final product. Across the board, the wines from Folded Hills have impressed our tasting panel with their focus and approachability.
The Roussanne's medium gold color is followed by a beautiful white that offers sautéed orchard fruits, honeysuckle, quince, and white flowers. Like all the whites here, it’s light and elegant on the palate, yet this has some depth and richness and is beautifully balanced. Count me in as a fan.
The Estate Grenache emerges from a parcel of head-trained vines. Varietal notes abound in a deep, fleshy wine loaded with personality. The 18% whole clusters add aromatic top-notes, but it is the purity of the fruit that elevates this vivid, beautifully layered wine. What a gorgeous wine this is.