I have been sitting on this mystery for 2 years.
I purchased a few wines from BUMP Cellars
in 2015. The "Our Friends" page of the Bedrock Wine Company
website brought this tiny operation, run by husband-and-wife Geordie & Mieko, to my attention.
Firstly, the white blend "Fortune" is stellar! I tasted it shortly after the arrived of my package. I strongly
recommend that fans of the "Compagni Portis" whites from Bedrock
Here is what Mieko's email told me about the white:
"The Rhône white blend, 'Fortune', is from a one-acre vineyard on Castle Road in Sonoma. All five varietals [Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc] grow here, a few rows of each. About 35 years old, planted by a winemaker that always intended a field blend."
More to the point, BUMP Cellars
produces a "Hoaglund Vineyard Old Vine Blend" that, like most old-vine reds from the aforementioned wineries, needs time to really strut its stuff. I bet it would give some of the board favorites a run for their money!
According to Mieko:
"The Old Vine Blend is another field blend of seven varietals, reds and whites. It was planted in the 30's and is dry-farmed. Also, in the town of Sonoma on Gehricke Road."
The winery website states:
"The old vines in this field blend are Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Barbara, New Burgundy, Sauvignon Vert, Semillion, and Muscat Canelli
! The vineyard was planted in the 1930's and does not have irrigation, so it is considered dry farmed. The grapes were picked on October 19th. Seven barrels were produced. This is an age worthy wine which is fairly tannic. It pairs well with rich foods and will continue to open up for the next few years."
Has anyone tried another wine from this property? The "Hoaglund Vineyard" seems
to be on the Northeast corner of the Sonoma township. It almost appears to be in the process of being developed into something else. If you view it from the Google "satellite" perspective, note the concrete driveway-like structure that divides the property!
I have not seen any vineyard that looked like this one. I think
the address is: 19190 Gehricke, Lot 4 Road
Sonoma CA 95476
Can anybody please confirm the location of the Hoaglund Vineyard, or provide additional information about it???
I hope to try more of the wines from BUMP Cellars
in the future. As they are a tiny operation, most of the products are currently out of stock. I do not know if the recent fires affected the winery or its vineyard sites. I hope that they continue to produce wines of such high quality and value for years to come.
"My husband Geordie is our winemaker and the two of us run the business and make the wine, no employees yet. So, we truly appreciate every bottle sold."
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