East Coast natives Tom and Ashley Darling are passionate about producing minimal intervention wines from California's North Coast. Coastal growing conditions of cool winds, along with daily fog from the Pacific Ocean, which allow the Darling’s to leave fruit on the vine longer maximizing flavor and color development while maintaining higher acidity and lower sugar levels.
These conditions complement Darling’s aspirations to produce wines with minimal-intervention, balanced alcohol and bright acidity.
“This wine is a representation of our family – down to the name on the bottle, said Tom Darling, proprietor and winemaker. “I feel comfortable serving this to my family and friends because we sourced the highest quality grapes and made the wine in the most natural, honest way -- by limiting the use of sulfur and eliminating perfecting agents all the while making a wine representative of the vintage and vineyard.”
The emphasis on quality grapes and natural winemaking methods is a trademark for the winery. The Darling Syrah was developed using certified organic grapes sourced from McEvoy Ranch Vineyard using a portion of whole cluster fermentation - a more traditional method that is consistent with the Darling family’s commitment to producing wines with a touch of “old-world” character and as little winery manipulation as possible.
The wine is a first for the Darlings, both of whom left promising corporate careers to pursue their passion of making wine from the highest quality vineyards, emphasizing transparency from grape to bottle, while maintaining attainable price points for a broad range of customers.
“Our family has put a lot on the line to pursue this dream and we’ve had to leave behind our parents, siblings, friends, and time spent toward prior careers to create something that will be bigger than ourselves in hopes to pass down an elemental way of life to our future children and grandchildren,” said Ashley Darling, co-proprietor of the label.