The Wine: Little Faith Verdelho 2020
End of Nowhere Little Faith Verdelho 2020 is a skin-contact natural wine (orange wine) made from 100% organic Verdelho grapes Vista Luna Vineyard, San Joaquin County, California. Little Faith Verdelho winemaker's notes: 100% foot tread and fermented dry with skin contact. Skin contact juice was pressed off skins after 14 days and racked to neutral French oak barrels after primary fermentation finished. Aged in barrel for 7 months. Received a one-time SO2 addition of 25ppm prior to bottling. Ripe white fruit on the nose, crisp and savory on the palate. Serving Temperature: 55 F.
The Producer: End of Nowhere
Owner, winemaker, and farmer Chris Walsh grew up in Amador County. After graduating college, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in architectural lighting design, but eventually fell into the restaurant/wine scene. In 2014, after a few years of working at wine bars like The Tangled Vine and Corkbuzz Wine Studio, Chris moved back to his hometown and purchased a 20-acre site across the dirt road from the house he grew up in.
He named it Little John Lane Vineyard after the name of the dirt road, and planted mostly Rhône varieties; he now has about 5 acres under vine. He farms organically and hopes to dry-farm once the vines are established. The soil is extremely volcanic and the vineyard is at the highest elevation in Amador County at 3300 feet.
Meanwhile, having worked for Donkey & Goat, Terre Rouge, Matthew Rorick, and Shake Ridge Vineyard, Chris has made great connections in the area and been able to purchase fruit from well-farmed vineyards while he waits for his young vines to begin producing. The purchased fruit is bottled under the name “End of Nowhere” while the estate wines will be labeled “Little John Lane”.
In the cellar, primary fermentation happens spontaneously with natural yeasts and throughout the process, the only additions are small amounts of SO2: total added is 40ppm or less. Chris uses a combination of old barrels, flex tanks, and T-bins for fermentation, and ages everything in neutral French oak. There is no fining or filtering.
The Region: Amador County, California