Florèz Wines was started by James Jelks in 2017. James grew up in the Santa Cruz area and was schooled in winemaking at nearby UC Davis. He worked in wineries all over the world for 10 years before returning home to make wine in the Santa Cruz area. He is farming some vineyards himself, always dry-farmed, and is also sourcing some fruit from organic and sustainable vineyards. He always works with native yeasts, does not use additives except for a minimal amount of sulfur at bottling, and does not filter the wines.
Vineyard notes: Just out of Hopland this vineyard is surrounded by oak woodlands. The vineyard is in decline and the low yields produce intense & concentrated fruit. The soils are alluvial loams left from the Russian River. Organic, dry farmed, no till.
Tasting notes: Fruity & mouthwatering with a lo-fi edge. Passionfruit, grapefruit, nectarine, & bitter almond. Plenty of fruit with texture and salinity.
Vinification: The fruit was destemmed and left on skins to macerate overnight to benefit from Sauvignon Blanc’s aromatics and structure. The juice was sent to stainless tank with some grape solids and allowed to ferment natively. Sometimes a-typical for SB this wine also went through native malolactic fermentation which contributes to a natural stability. The wine was racked off of fermentation lees at about 6 months, and once more before bottling. This wine was produced without any additions. Unfined, unfiltered, no sulfites.