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Mike Faulk launched his brand in 2013, offering less than 500 cases of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The brand follows his experience in making homemade wines in backyards, basements and garages. He left Florida in 2005 to pursue his dream of making wine and now crafts them at a winery in Kenwood, CA.
Grapes are sourced from longtime friend and grower Manuel Silva who owns Silva Vineyard in West Cotati in the Sonoma Coast AVA.
Mike calls himself a "Wine Father" rather than a "Wine Maker," since his philosophy is that a person does not make wine, but simply guides it during the natural process in order to ensure the final product is one of great quality.
The 2013 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are sold on the website store.
2013 Engracia Silva Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
13.1% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.71, 128 cases, $30. Released May 1, 2015. Vineyard is located on the western side of Cotati. Grapes were picked in mid-October, about 3 to 4 weeks after most Chardonnay grapes in North Coast were picked. Whole cluster pressed, inoculated yeast ferment, 100% barrel fermented in neutral French oak. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited and less were stirred twice a week for 4 months. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon and lime are complimented by a slightly chalky note. Flavors of citrus, poached pear, caramel and creme brûlée are supported by cleansing acidity. Nicely balanced, with a refreshing finish and some uncommon length (for a Chardonnay) on the pleasing finish. Score: 92. Reviewed February 26, 2016 ARTICLE »
2013 Engracia Silva Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
12.1% alc., pH 3.46, TA 0.35, $35. Released May 1, 2015. After triple hand sorting, the grapes were whole berry fermented using proprietary yeast. Aged 18 months in a combination of 2-year-old and neutral French oak barrels. · Light cherry red color in the glass. Aromas of red berries, spiced dark chocolate, mulch, loam and clay lead to a light to mid weight wine featuring flavors of cherry, cranberry and a touch of oak. Forward, simple and elegant, with a silky texture and a modest finish. Tasted twice. Score: 88. Reviewed February 26, 2016 ARTICLE »