What: 2016 Geodesy Sage Ridge Vineyard Red Blend
Where: Sage Ridge Vineyard, Napa Valley
LNU Lightning Complex Fire started on land adjacent to this site, which overlooks Lake Hennessey, and was reported by the vineyard foreman. With a bit of grace and considerable effort from CalFire and the vineyard team, only part of the vineyard was damaged.
Who: Judy Jordan—the same icon who founded J Vineyard and Winery—launched Geodesy in 2019, working in cooperation with managing partner Kathryn Lindstrom (Peter Michael, Opus One) and winemaker Megan Baccitich (Paul Hobbes).
Why: Not only is this an exquisite wine from a distinctive site, but 100% of its proceeds advance women in agriculture through the Wild Goat Edge program.
Says Judy, “Geodesy provides scholarships for young women seeking careers in agriculture, along with a multigenerational, culturally diverse network of local women leaders who inspire, guide and open doors for them. The goal is to advance young women and increase their ability to lead and impact the community, carrying on the agricultural legacy in our area.”
Judy Jordan on the wine and its source:
“There is a lot of elevation change and exposure in some of the blocks of this 300 million year-old site, and a huge diversity in soil structure and micro climate. From above, the vineyard is an intricate patchwork of 50 individual vineyard blocks, each representing its own imprint and terroir.
It’s interesting that wines from Sage Ridge Vineyard show a bit of a valley floor profile, because of the soils’ very old sedimentary parentage that help polish the tannin of the mountain—there are blocks that give us elegant, smooth tannin that is less typical of a mountain site.
Megan implements traditional winemaking with creative touches … Her vision is ethereal, not blockbuster… She looks to achieve phenolically ripe skins that will help deliver concentrated, silky, fine-grained tannins and uses native ferments to enhance site expression. She wants to bottle wines that are youthful and fresh, with long aging potential.”