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Snooth User: outthere

The NPA "Natural Process Alliance"

Posted by outthere, Aug 7, 2011.

I just have to give a shout out to the NPA. You know, living in wine country has its advantages. One of them is being able to partake in the NPA. The Natural Process Alliance is a winery like no other. No human intervention short of picking crushing and bottling. Wine that is bottled the day it's delivered in stainless steel cannisters. From barrel to table in a matter of hours.

I've been enjoying these wines for a while now and want to share the experience. 3 varietals. Sav Blanc, Pinot Gris and a Syrah blend. Unfiltered, unfined, untouched, no racking, no chemical involvement, fermented on natural local yeasts. Each bottling different from the prior because it leaves the barrel the day it's delivered.

Look them up. If you live in the Bay Area within 100 miles of Santa Rosa find a local restaurant featuring their wines. Or take the drive to the winery and try it for yourself. It's just the coolest thing going.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the NPA. Just a happy customer.


Reply by GregT, Aug 7, 2011.

Hey outthere - I get where you're coming from.  But OTOH I'm always skeptical about these things. For example No human intervention short of picking crushing and bottling.  I guess that means the vines aren't grafted.  Or trellised.  Or pruned.  And no green harvest. No human intervention.

Reply by JonDerry, Aug 8, 2011.

Yes, there's probably a distinction there.  No human intervention or no "bad" human intervention?

Reply by dmcker, Aug 8, 2011.

Think I've posted about them three or four times before. Living where I live, I only get to experience them as rare yet vivid snapshots, with too much time in the intervals between. You definitely live in an advantaged area, outthere....

Reply by outthere, Aug 8, 2011.

Well Greg, obviously someone has to water the vines. The no human intervention is in regards to the winemaking process. They say the only thing added is a shot of sulphur sometimes. The vineyard is organically farmed, no pesticides, skin fermented. Really produces interesting wines that you don't see very often. Here's a shot of the Pinot Gris:

Reply by dmcker, Aug 8, 2011.

In some respects the only wines I've had that come close to them are out of Sardinia or off the slopes of Mt. Aetna. NPA's, however, are fresher--and come in a more interesting container. Can't say corks are ever an issue....

Reply by dmcker, Aug 8, 2011.

I spent part of the weekend with my daughter looking at lots and lots of Greek art showing the human form. Many kylix drinking cups with paintings in the bottom of the bowl, and amphorae wine jars with paintings around the necks. Even a kantharos cup like Dionysus is holding in my Snooth avatar.

I spent some of that time wondering what kind of wine they drank back then. Of course I imagined some of the dense, boiled wine, and all that pine resin used to seal the wine and create defacto retsina. I also though some of those cups probably held the kind of wine we see in outthere's photo above....

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