Our guiding principle has been In Vino Veritas – truth in wine. We narrowed our focus to craft wines which best express the natural characteristics of the very unique wines and grapes grown in our specially selected coastal vineyards between the Pacific Ocean and inland valleys.
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We began our entry into the world of winemaking in the late 1990’s while living in beautiful Marin County. Through the guidance of a local wine making supply merchant, we ordered zinfandel grapes from Amador County, crushed them in the store’s parking lot, transported them to our home’s garage where we inoculated yeast — and witnessed the transformation of those beautiful grapes into our first wine! The perfume of this natural process permeated not just the air – but our enthusiasm for wine making. What an amazing experience! I guess we should have used the French term connoting innovative small volume wine makers -- and called ourselves “garagistes!”
From there, the next year we had the opportunity to bid on a charity auction item with several friends: the creation of a barrel of wine in Napa County – this time under the mentorship of a professional wine maker. He guided our weekend efforts over the period of a year or so -- all the way from picking zinfandel grapes on a very hot day to bottling the finished product. We worked with him again the following season to create a cabernet -- which turned out quite well.
The wine making bug took hold! After reading about the creation of Crushpad, a custom crush facility in San Francisco, we decided to move to a higher level of wine making by “adopting” a barrel of pinot noir from a prized vineyard in the Anderson Valley appellation of Mendocino County. In working closely with the winemaker, we loved the experience and learned so much! And our friends bought most of that barrel of wine because they really liked it! In fact, some of them asked for more. That experience gave us encouragement to move to the next step.
In early 2007, we launched August Truth, LLC, as our own small production boutique winery – after having the opportunity to procure premier pinot noir and chardonnay grapes for our first harvest in the Fall of 2007. Since then, we have also been very fortunate in being able to contract for similarly exquisite grapes for each successive vintage.
To do this, we have partnered Consulting Winemaker Patrick Saboe and his winemaking team. Not only does Patrick bring technical knowledge to the project but he also brings extreme energy and focus to craft the most exceptional wines possible! He has been a valuable sounding board for every decision we make – urging us to keep to our vision and follow our noses and palates – so that each vintage of August Truth has been carefully nurtured from crush to cork, including the use of wonderful Francois Freres French oak barrels.
From the moment we set out on this new venture, our guiding principle has been In Vino Veritas – truth in wine. We narrowed our focus to craft wines which best express the natural characteristics of the very unique pinot noir and chardonnay grapes grown in our specially selected coastal vineyards between the Pacific Ocean and inland valleys.
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2013 August Truth Chardonnay
Released January 8, 2015
Split Rock Vineyard
Split Rock is located in the Sonoma Coast growing region on the west side of Sonoma Mountain. Its rocky soils combine with winds from the Petaluma Gap to create a challenging growing environment, but one that consistently produces great fruit.
Most of the vineyard has optimal southwest exposure and is a very high density planting with over 2000 vines per acre. Chardonnay clones 95 and 76 from this cool climate vineyard blend to create a complex, complete wine with concentrated fruit and excellent natural acidity. Pinot Noir from this cool climate site are very dark, feature dark cherry and have an excellent tannin and acid backbone required for aging.