EL NOPAL

2020 Spoke, We listened.

Like twilight in the desert, this new 2020 estate Rosé brings reflection and opportunity. This special edition was grown with love and shaped with thought. Crisp and light, Dupratt clone zinfandel vines in cobbly volcanic soil express strawberry, passion flower and river stone. Enjoy in the sun.
  • CLIMATE • FIRES • VIRUS

  • Regeneratively farmed to fight climate change

  • Weeded by sheep who reduce fire fuels

  • Packaged in recycled glass and paper, natural cork, with no tin or plastic

  • Each bottle makes a $1 donation to Redwood Empire Food Bank

the inspiration

As farmers, as parents, as a community, 2020 brought unprecedented challenges.
For us it delivered a growing season complicated by heat, drought, fires and the pandemic. Our varietals fare pretty well under duress, but this is a call for change.
This wine was shaped in the vineyard by a dedicated team – working socially distant and masked through heat, smoke and rain. The vines were regeneratively weeded by sheep,  a solution that sequesters carbon and reduces fire fuels – a leap my brother Alex & his team made in 2020. The fruit – Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Carignan – was harvested early and pressed lightly, producing a refreshing and bright expression. It is bottled in recycled glass and paper, with natural cork and without metal or plastic. Each bottle gives $1 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.  
Cactus thrived at the ranch in 2020 – especially my favorite Nopales. We were constantly reminded of their beauty and resilience. My kids drew them, my mom put them in floral arrangements, but most importantly we made prickly pear margaritas.  We took a family trip to the Sonoran desert, where the tradition continued.
This is our response to 2020.
I’m so excited about this wine. I hope you enjoy it. 
– Lauren Benward, Fifth Generation Proprietor

the artist

The Nopal Label Art was drawn, carved and printed by Marly Beyer
Marly Beyer is an artist and illustrator currently based in Los Angeles. She works in a wide variety of styles and media ranging from scientific illustration, to printmaking, to environmental installations.
Her stark and dramatic work of Sonoran Desert flora was a perfect match for this project.
Find her work hereShe’s also on Etsy.  We love Marly!

family

How cool is our great great Aunt Effie tending to her Agave in the front garden at Beltane circa 1940?

150 cases produced. Allocated to club members.

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Top photo by Kelly Koeberer