The Wine: Free Your Soul 2020
Wonderwerk Free Your Soul is a red natural wine made from a blend of 67% Mission from Somer’s Vineyard, and 33% Petite Sirah from Jag’s Vineyard from Mokelumne River AVA, Lodi, California. Petite Sirah was picked on September 9 at 21.5° Brix and whole clusters were dumped into an open-top fermentor. Mission was picked on September 11 at 20.4° Brix, de-stemmed, and dumped into the fermentor on top of the Petite Sirah. Vigorous foot-treading and soft punch-downs were employed to best mimic classic winemaking techniques. The wine was pressed to neutral French Oak barriques as soon as the tannin pickup (from Petite Sirah) gained traction. The wine was aged 6 months in barrel and bottled unfined and unfiltered, with 15 ppm sulfur (kmbs) added at bottling.
The Producer: Wonderwerk
Wonderwerk (House of Fermentation) is Issamu Kamide and Andrew Lardy, two high school friends from Virginia seeking new directions in fermentation. We live in LA (Echo Park!) and make supernatural wines from all over California. We produce and bottle with our own hands and feet. We ride the wavelength from low-intervention to high-innovation, making collaborative ideas come to life in funky new ways. Wonderwerk began as a long night on a disco dancefloor (Despacio!) wound down and we didn’t want the party to end. Now, it’s flowed from there into the wines you see and drink today. Come along for the ride fam, bring your dancing shoes and an open mind, we promise we won’t disappoint.
The Region: Contra Costa County