The Mariani siblings are fourth-generation California farmers but the first in their family to plant and grow grapes. After dabbling in winemaking during college, brothers Adam and Andrew took off to Europe to pursue independent winery internships — Andrew in Greece and Adam in the northern Rhône and South Africa.
In 2007 the Mariani brothers purchased a 250-acre property that was originally farmed by the Dresel brothers, German immigrants to California. The site of one of the first wineries in California, it went out of business during Prohibition and was then converted into an industrial turkey farm. Paying homage to the trailblazing German duo, Adam and Andrew planted Sylvaner and Riesling grapes, which were grown on the property back in the 19th century. Farming is organic and 150 of the 250 acres are a forever-wild conservation easement.
The Sonoma Coast Pas Dosé Chardonnay 2014 offers appealing aromas of rising bread and citrus notes on the palate. The Sylvaner 2016 delivers green vegetal and white pepper typical of the variety, a honeyed character, and a plushness on the palate contrasted by its racing acidity. The Carneros Pinot Noir 2016 (SLOW WINE) is classic Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with notes of cherry cola, rhubarb, and violets.
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