The Wine: Blood + Flowers Syrah 2018
Methode Sauvage Blood + Flowers Syrah 2018 is a red natural wine made from 100% Syrah grapes grown in Northern California. As Chad Hinds writes: "When made right, Syrah is the pagan vision quest of red wines. If it were a film genre it would be an Italian Giallo. It's heady, full of smoke, flowers and incense. It's earthy and animalistic, full of musk, blood and iron. It's mysterious and exciting, ripe, bitter and black. It's a bit naughty. With "Blood + Flowers" I set out to exemplify Syrah at it's most Syrah, in all its wild bacchanalian glory. Enjoy by: drinking from a goblet with smoked meat in a wooded sweat lodge."
The Producer: Iruai • Methode Sauvage
Methode Sauvage was started in 2013 by Chad Hinds. We began, striving to find a voice for California Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc from all over the state. In the Spring of 2018, we will begin planting a vineyard in the California Alps of Siskiyou County, using the permaculture methods laid out by Masanobu Fukuoka. In the spirit of this new project, we have begun experimenting with wine styles and varietals from the Alps of Europe.
We seek to make wine with a sense of place by employing no additives and removing no character. We explore a diverse array of exceptional vineyard sites, with the goal of channeling terroir and showcasing California's diversity.
The Region: Sonoma County, California