|Article number:||Hardesty Merlot|
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Hardesty Cellars, founded in ’06 by organic grower and natural winemaker Chad Hardesty. Chad was born in southern CA, but headed north to work on, and later start, an organic fruit & veggetable farm, producing for local restaurants & farmers markets. With this background in agriculture & a firm belief in the natural & organic production of foods, Chad set out to grow & make high quality wines that are true to the idea of terrior & not manipulated in any way. Producing several non-commercial vintages after apprenticing under California's Pioneer Natural Winemaker, Tony Coturri. The ’08 wines represent his first commercial vintage. Hardesty Cellars sources its grapes from Winnett Vineyards in which Chad has tended the vines for each vintage released. Winnett Vineyard's is a small organic family vineyard in Willow Creek, Humboldt County, along the far reaches of coastal northern California. Located 250 plus miles north of San Franciso, Willow Creek is a designated AVA or American Viticultural Area, & the only one in Humboldt County. Geographically Humboldt county shares a boarder with Mendocino county along the rugged North Coast. Willow Creek is a small community in the Trinity River Valley, a wild & mountainous region. Warm Inland air during the day & cool ocean breezes at night coupled with a long growing season make for optimum ripening of lush, full fruit flavors while maintaining good, crisp acidity. The vineyard is perched on a south/southwest facing hillside at 900 feet elevation.