Clos Saron is emblematic of a humbler, artisanal approach that finds itself in the natural camp because, well, that's the best way to express sense of place! Israeli ex-pat Gideon Beinstock is a consumate terroir-ist whose discomfort with the definition of 'winemaker' stems not from radical minimalism for its own sake but from the simple fact that he spends nearly all his time farming and very little in the cellar.
This is the first vintage of Carignan for Clos Saron, a sister wine to 'The Blues,' a series of wines from Bechtold vineyard (also in Lodi) from crazy old vines. The spot for the Carignan is right next door planted by the same family over a century ago in sand composed of atomized granitic material. These are the original vines we're talking about and the sandy soils have prevented Phylloxera from taking hold so it's all original rootstock. We think of this a snapshot of pre-prohibition Californian wine, a little time capsule wine, unspoilt by the devastation of Phylloxera or the march of industry.