Four Winds was planted in 1993 to Wente clone Chardonnay (1.34 acres) and Dijon clone Chardonnay (.58 acres). Elevation is 800 feet and south facing. Most recently in 2017 and 2018 Draper clone was added to the mix via grafting, amounting to an additional 3.05 acres of Chardonnay. Own rooted and dry farmed. Whole cluster pressed, 75% no SO2 until after primary and secondary fermentations, 25% SO2 at press Barrel fermented (100% native) Aged 20 months on the lees in barrel. No racking. No stirring. Unfined. Unfiltered. 25% new oak. 200 cases made
Crowley Wines was founded in 2005 with a focus on transparent, terroir-driven winemaking. Starting at the source, we favor older clones of Chardonnay Wente and Draper and the classic Wadenswil and Pommard Pinot noir clones due to their late ripening nature and acid retention. We work with family owned vineyards and prefer cooler, high elevation sites.
Our friends and growers are committed to non-irrigated and low impact farming. We are members of the Deep Roots Coalition and our primary vineyard sources are LIVE certified or certified organic. In the winery our highest priority is to create the most direct evidence of both vintage and place while making elegant and exciting wines.
This means (wine geek alert!) minimal acid additions, no extraction enzyme, employing native yeasts, extended aging in mostly neutral oak and minimal fining or filtration. We value purity of expression over stylized wines and hold essential the belief that we cannot improve on nature.