Day is the new Zinfandel project of Ehren Jordan, known for his work at Turley, Neyers, and Failla. When he purchased a St. Helena property back in 2004, he knew he wanted to plant grapes on the hillside that at the time contained an apple orchard. After a few years of pondering, he decided that the locale was ideal for one of his early loves in the vine world - Zinfandel. Four acres are currently planted, with the original vines hitting the dirt in 2011.
Zinfandel is, for Ehren, a return to his roots, having been the wines that established his reputation as a talented vigneron. Similar to the approach at Failla, most of the Day Zinfandel wines are sourced from Sonoma County; with Zinfandel roots dating back to the 1850’s, Sonoma County is the perfect place for Ehren to dive back into his passion. His deep understanding of the micro-climates and long history of farming in the region, matched with his encyclopedic knowledge of everything Zinfandel practically destined him for this new project to take shape.
Named after another one of his daughters, Day highlights Ehren's obsessive hands-on farming practices and minimalist hands-off winemaking approach that come through in every bottle - allowing site, variety and vintage to shine through.
|APPELLATION(S)||Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Inspired by the climate and geology of Sonoma County and the statement Zinfandel has made on the region since the 1860s, Ehren has set his sights on vineyards of pedigree for the backbone of the Day lineup. Much like Pinot Noir and Gamay (both of which are stacked high in Ehren's cellar), Zinfandel is a varietal that offers clear transparency of terroir; true expression without need for undue fussing at the winery.
For Ehren, the Farm and its Farmer is where the story truly begins. Whether it's Hector Garcia who has been farming the El Diablo vineyard for over 40 years, or the harmonious relationship Ulysses Valdez has with every vineyard he touches, each site's connection to talented farmers is paramount in the creation of quality grapes.
El Diablo vineyard, Russian River Valley
El Diablo vineyard, situated in the northern part of the Russian River Valley AVA, has a long and storied history. Planted to mixed blacks on clay loam soils, the site has been farmed continually by Hector Garcia since it was planted.
Grist Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Named for the old grist mill that was found on the property, Grist sits pretty at 1000 ft. elevation on Bradford Mountain in the Dry Creek Valley AVA. The site was originally planted 100 years ago, and has since been replanted in the early 1970s. Farming here is CCOF Organic. The 58 acres under vine are head trained and cane pruned, and have spectacular views of the fog line driving in 15 miles west from the Pacific Ocean. Soils are mostly Boomer Loam - Iron rich, red volcanic soil that leads to low yields and concentrated wines.
Estate Vineyard, Napa Valley
When Ehren took over this property in 2004, an apple orchard graced the hillside. In 2011, he put Zinfandel vines to root - a 100% dry-farmed, organic, naturally grown vineyard. The soil is mostly volcanic, iron-rich and ideal for adapting grapevines that yield intense wines.