After being inspired by the wines she tasted in Burgundy and Champagne, Samantha set out on her own. The goal is not to replicate Burgundy, but rather create alluring, vineyard specific, age-worthy wines revealing the beautiful terroir of California. There is minimal intervention, judicious use of sulfur, and never any additives in the winemaking process. Each wine is made in very limited quantities, and sold directly from the winery and to high-end restaurants around the country. Ultraviolet is a relatively new project setting out to celebrate classic grapes made in throw-back styles to offer enticing and affordable examples to new wine drinkers.
Sheehan’s focus on minimal intervention winemaking is first and foremost about the vineyard. In her view, wines should tell you more about the place than the person, so sites like Manchester Ridge, Van der Camp, and others can be understood and analyzed through Poe. If that sounds a bit esoteric for you, that’s fine too because the wines are fresh, zippy, and incredibly drinkable with or without food.
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