After spending a harvest in the Roussillon, Evan Frazier returned to California inspired by the gnarly old vines and impossibly steep slopes of fractured schist. Imbued with a curious mind, an intellectual approach, and an earnest desire to create wines that are "delicious, enjoyable at the table and affordable to drink," he founded the Ferdinand label in 2010 with just 50 cases of Albariño.
While the Roussillon is a part of France, the village of Maury is Catalan, so it's not surprising that Evan would look to Spanish varieties. The Albariño is sourced from Ann Kraemer's Shake Ridge Ranch, and the Tempranillo comes from the Vista Luna Vineyard, farmed by the godfather of California-grown Spanish varietals, Markus Bokisch. Both wines are made at the Kongsgaard cave on Atlas Peak. Says Evan, "I produce only as much as I can make with my own hands."
As the GM at Kongsgaard, Evan has spent the last several years working side-by-side Napa Valley legend John Kongsgaard and his son Alex. John's minimalist, non-technological, non-interventionist approach has inspired a legion of creative young winemakers, but none have lived it quite like Evan - he has been an integral part of arguably the ultimate artisan winery in California.
FERDINAND 2015 ALBARIÑO
100% Albariño | Vista Luna Vineyard | Certified Green by Lodi Rules
Lime zest and saline aromatics with a savory and round palate balanced by a natural acidity and freshness. Barrel fermented and aged on its lees for 8 months.
FERDINAND 2016 ALBARIÑO available in 375ml CANS
FERDINAND 2014 TEMPRANILLO
95% Tempranillo + 5% Graciano | Shake Ridge Vineyards
This is a savory wine that offers suggestions of smoke and leather, and possesses a
visceral stoniness inherent to its origins in the Sierra Foothills. Aged for 20 months in
10% new French oak.