A great wine springs from love, humility and communion with the ethereal. Its primary purpose is to create pleasure.
As winemakers, we are deeply interested in concepts such as complexity, terroir, aromas, balance, extraction, mouth feel, flavor, etc. We know firsthand patience is an essential tool for making outstanding wine. West of Temperance strives to capture these compelling factors as part of our winemaking process.
Our wines strive to stand alone as complete wines (complexity, depth, length, structure, taste, aroma profile) and offer a certain unique something that is magical, singular to that place. Our vineyard designate wines have intriguing aroma profiles as a result of place and provide a balanced texture and complexity to deliver pleasure, quality and distinction.
As part of our winemaking process, we must first let the vineyard site speak to us. We strive to understand and identify the specific terroir unique to that singular place while at the same time exposing the unique characteristics of each varietal. What gives a wine its distinction? What makes it assertive or coy? We like to consider many of these related factors as part of making a pleasurable, balanced wine.
After we have identified our unique vineyard sites, we move into winemaking specifics, we employ numerous winemaking techniques. For example, we utilize extended maceration (letting grapes sit on skins after primary fermentation is complete), in some cases, for up to two months before pressing off. The main reason behind this technique is for mouth feel, richness, texture and ageability. We feel texture on the palate is a very important part of what we do. Specific barrel selection and barrel aging is a big part of what we do as well. Because we want the wines to speak to the specific vineyard site and varietal, it is rare that we employ new oak, rather, we prefer to use neutral oak barrels which we feel provide better insight, clarity and are more revealing of the characteristics of each individual wine.
Depending on what the vintage gives us, we also employ a combination of winemaking techniques. Extended lees contact, lees stirring, ambient yeast fermentations, low sulfur additions, no acid additions, no water additions, racking only prior to bottling, stem inclusion for certain lots, carbonic maceration for certain lots, and many more depending on what is needed.
Our experience tells us winemaking is the result of the unique symbiotic relationship between man and nature. As we strive to master the intricacies of that complex relationship, we are ultimately striving to make wines that not only deeply please our own palates but those of our customers as well.
You can learn more about our current offerings, view our order form and sign up for our mailing list at http://westoftemperance.com also be sure to check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/westoftemperance where you can see pictures, read reviews and more.
This is our second BerserkerDay and we could not be more pleased to be participating once again. We have grown a lot since last year and this time around, we have a much larger offering and several new wines to present you with. We will be offering several rare Italian varietals, Petite Sirah (old vine), Napa Valley Merlot and a few more. We look forward to offering special packages uniquely created for the WineBerserkers community!