The Sabbatical is a wine that celebrates the artistic soul of the Sonoma County wine industry. In 1973, on a trip to Sonoma County, artisan woodworker Stan Simpson came home with a surprise for his wife Julie: a vineyard property perched at 1,700 feet near the southern tip of the Dry Creek Valley. In 1985, Simpson sold his woodworking business, and he and Julie moved to Sonoma County to become full-time farmers.
Simpson used to say, “Danish woodworking shows off the grain of the wood rather than the dexterity of the woodworker.” It is a philosophy that illustrates his guiding principle of not tampering with the inherent beauty of a thing and maneuvering it only enough to allow the beauty to emerge. It is the principle by which Stan Simpson planted his vineyard and made his wine. More than forty years later, Winemakers Drew Damskey and Lindsey Haughton pay homage to the wisdom of Stan’s convictions, allowing you to see the true character of Two Moon Vineyards—one of Sonoma County’s hidden gems.
The wine is a blend of the upper and lower blocks sourced by Palmeri and Martin Ray. The Clone 337 fruit saw a week-long cold soak followed by fermentation with punch downs to create velvety tannins and finished with an extended maceration prior to a 60% new French oak barrels for 24 months.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.