{project}

Abbot’s Passage, a new project from the Bundschu family’s sixth generation, is a highly-allocated collection of unique field blends sourced from storied vineyard sites within Sonoma.

{lore}

The name pays homage to an abbot from Mount La Salle Christian Brothers who, according to local legend, trekked weekly from Napa into Sonoma along an ancient native american footpath – a wild, heavily wooded ridgeline passing through the current Bartholomew Park Vineyard – to reach his favorite watering hole.

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Leveraging 30 years of single-vineyard sourcing, this concept represents our family’s pioneering pursuit of discovery – our quest to survey the peaks and valleys of Sonoma to discover its most distinctive vineyard sites from which to make inimitable, character-rich field blends.

{Due West}

Our inaugural wine, 2013 Due West, is a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon hailing from Nuns Canyon – a steep hillside vineyard perched atop Moon Mountain AVA, farmed organically by Phil Coturri and expertly crafted by winemaker Anne Dempsey. The two blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon were co-fermented, giving this wine depth and complexity honoring its idiosyncratic mountainside origins.

{field notes}

Blocks 4 and 21 of this steep and exposed hillside vineyard were hand-picked at the first light of dawn on October 8, and optically sorted at the winery. The blocks were combined in gravity-fed tanks where they were cold-soaked for 3-5 days, co-fermented including a 26-day extended maceration and then the free run drained into barrels to complete fermentation.

The wine was aged 20 months in 18 thin-stave French oak barrels. The 6 favored barrels were racked and blended in Summer 2014. Prior to bottling in June 2015, the 5 best barrels were selected for the final blend which was then aged for 1 year in bottle.