Winemaker Jennifer Reichardt's journey to founding Raft Wines in 2016 revolved around a community that celebrates the land and all that's shared from it.
Since 1901,her family has been raising ducks for restaurants in the Bay Area so the tradition of pairing food with wine holds special appreciation. Defined as a 'dense flock of swimming birds',the name Raft acknowledges the aforementioned heritage and community that's kept her afloat.
After extensive experience spanning Sonoma,Chile,and Australia,2017's harvest came full circle to Central Valley's 'Love Ranch' in California. With the help of close friends,the first pick of the season brought in Viognier grown on soils reminiscent of France's Rhone Valley.
Destemmed and fermented in a small bin,grapes were gently punched down twice a day prior to pressing,followed by time in neutral oak barrel. Unfined and unfiltered,the wine was appropriately named for a color like that of a French 'Cavaillon' (a melon sharing the name of the southeast town in France where it's grown) and an equally rich texture thanks to extended skin contact.