205 Nevada St.
San Francisco CA 94110
0 ac – 60,000 bt
Sail Award Motivation: Bryan Harrington established Harrington Wines in 2002 with a focus on old-vine, organic, and sustainable Pinot Noir. He still coaxes this grape to delicious expression, but in the intervening years, has found himself increasingly drawn to obscure varietals.
Bryan rejects the idea of just “seven noble grapes,” believing that delicious, balanced wines made from forgotten varietal gems are easily brought to fruition through thoughtful collaboration with mindful growers. To that end, he has been responsible for finding and importing dozens of obscure wine grape varietals through UC Davis’ Foundation Plant Services, mostly from Europe.
Harrington works with growers to establish and cultivate his imported varietals, and encourages those growers to convert to organic farming by supporting them through that change. He carefully selects these vineyards and growers with a focus on heritage vineyard sites and regions that mirror the warm, native environments of these varietals he wishes to establish in California.
The Nebbiolo 2014 is reminiscent of a savory barbecue sauce, with grilled meat and red pepper notes rising over olives and chocolate. The Mourvèdre 2017 was grown in one of the highest vineyards in California. Aromas of dried fruit resolve unmistakably into a baked apricot tart. On the palate, it’s light-bodied with assertive tannins and medium acidity. Mineral notes are center stage; red currant makes an appearance and transitions into apricot nappage. Mission 2017 (Slow Wine) has an intense and surprising dark pink in the glass, with aromas of watermelon, red licorice, and pomelo. Dry with lively acidity, and light-bodied with subtle tannins, it gives a wild ride of intense grapefruit, woodsy character, and tangerine zest on the palate.
PLANT PROTECTION copper and sulphur
WEED CONTROL mechanical
YEASTS spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES purchase 100%
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