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WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Redwood Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    12.30%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Onward is a small project led by Faith Armstrong Foster who was born on a tiny island in British Columbia and had to take a boat, named the Onward, to school everyday. She caught the wine bug after accepting a position in wine marketing and sales, and well, after she enjoyed a harvest day, she was hooked. Before starting her own project, she worked at Frank Family Vineyards in Napa. Onward is her "natural approach to winemaking, honoring the history and authenticity of the grape and the vineyard site. The name and the label represent the essential philosophy of Faith’s winemaking. Passion. Care. Connection. Respect for the environment and the grape’s essence…it’s heart."

Sourced from an organically farmed vineyard in Redwood Valley planted to the Martini clone of Pinot Noir, which, by the way, are heritage vines planted in the 1970s and rarely found these days, the site is a source of naturally balanced farming to promote a slow, steady ripening. The result is a delicate, yet textured, fuller-bodied Pinot Noir, bursting with an array of vibrant aromas and flavors.

Notes of red cherries, cranberries, huckleberries and rhubarb with hints of violets, geraniums and dustings of forest floor, this Pinot really packs in a ton intrigue. Velvety tannins and a lovely full finish. Not one to miss!!

TASTING NOTES 

Notes of red cherries, cranberries, huckleberries and rhubarb with hints of violets, geraniums and dustings of forest floor, this Pinot really packs in a ton intrigue. Velvety tannins and a lovely full finish.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

We have a strong commitment to our environment, and believe that sound practices are not only essential for the survival of the wine industry, but also produce the highest quality wine. To that end, we’ve searched carefully to find vineyard sites that provide excellent fruit quality accompanied by earnestness on behalf of the grower.

Onward Wines are single-vineyard, site-driven wines and Farmstrong Wines are blends, and in both expressions the vineyard sites are very special to me. I am a true believer in personal connection and there is a story behind each vineyard site and how it came to be part of my portfolio. In these stories you will learn more about the people behind these vineyards. I liken my connection to these vineyards to that of one’s favorite shirt or coffee mug or chair. Like a well worn fabric or a slightly chipped mug that may have initially caught my eye for its beauty, but over the years it has won my heart because it just feels right. When it comes to vineyards this happens too, and it is a combination of my connection with the vines themselves and my connection with those that tend them. For me the growers hands are most definitely part of the terroir.

My style is about letting the vines speak. They are the art, I am the canvas, my job is to give them a chance to share their beauty in each and every vintage. My decisions are driven from the vineyard and the vintage, my cellar practices are to uphold the truths I find in the vineyard. To this end I pick early looking for balance of flavors at lower ripeness, as I find this is when each vineyard is in its most unique expression of self.