In the fall of 1894, an intrepid caravan of settlers began unpacking their lives on a hillside just outside Santa Rosa, CA. Fueled by the invigorating optimism of starting a new life, they ventured to start an experiment in search of a more harmonious existence. The place they called Altruria would become one of California’s first Utopian colonies. We honor that history with wines that engender a sense of community and connection to the land. Every sip of Altruria is a step back to a time and place that embodies the pioneering spirit of the West, freedom of thought, and the tradition of American collectivism that has played a unique role in the great history of California.
This wine offers a highly perfumed expression of dark fruit and spice. Initial aromas of blueberry, pomegranate, violets, and Thai spices instantly reveal the darker nature of this vintage. The palate confirms dark fruit flavors of blackberry, and açai. Intriguing flavors of bergamot tea, dried citrus peel and vanilla bean build complexity and nuance. The structure is driven by firm skin tannins. While this wine shows its youthful exuberance now, it also conveys glimpses of a great capacity to evolve over time.