bright, beautifully rich
RELEASE: Fall 2017
WINEMAKING: Fermented in 30% new French oak
PRODUCTION: 1,475 barrels
OPTIMUM DRINKING: 2017 - 2022
FORMATS: 750ml | Kegs
Social, compassionate, open and truthful, Conversations in Yellow is meant to be shared. Representing the side of us that nurtures and cares for ourself and the people around us, Conversations in Yellow, celebrates the beauty of connection to our inner circle and all of humanity.
WHAT GETS YOU EXCITED?
The coming together of grapes from two exceptional appellations
The 2017 vintage is comprised of vineyards that span two appellations: Sonoma Mountain and Russian River Valley. The Sonoma Mountain vineyard is protected from the heat of the day, lending cool-climate qualities to the blend: minerality, acidity, and structure alongside citrus fruit and flowers. The Russian River Valley vineyard is everything that you expect, contributing exotic fruit, richness, and complexity.
IF YOU HAD A T-SHIRT SLOGAN, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Love is the Cure
WHO IS YOUR SECRET CRUSH?
Winemakers Kyle Mizuno and Aaron Pott
MORE ABOUT THE WINEMAKERS Blackbird Vineyards’ winemaking duo, Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno, are the artisans behind ÆRENA Wines. Their relationship was once that of mentor and student, but after years of collaboration, they are family. To spend time with them is an exploration of wine, replete with quick wit and belly-clutching humor.In farming and winemaking, Aaron and Kyle strive to communicate a vineyard’s sense of place--by working the wine at the right time to expose the best characteristics of variety and site. According to Aaron, “In almost all definitions of art in the dictionary, there is a reference to ‘human works of beauty.’ ÆRENA believes wine certainly fits under this classification. It is an object created by human intervention that creates something beautiful. Wine is unique as art in that it is ephemeral; once it is consumed, it is gone. Aaron wholly appreciates working with Kyle. So it is appropriate that when asking Kyle to define their winemaking philosophy, his retort is, “Let the wines speak for themselves and don’t screw it up.”
If you had a superpower what would it be?
To be able to paint like artist Tony Hernandez
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST Tony Hernandez is an artist whose work provides a subjective sensation of intellectual satisfaction. The tenderness in his images, counterbalanced by emblems of hope and impending peace suggests the ability of artist characters to see past the judgments of others in their midst. Working exclusively on handmade birch wood panels using the technically-demanding process of encaustic painting, his works are visually simple, yet, psychologically complex. The overall message suggests that we must first look inward before looking outward.
What traits do you most appreciate in others?
Openness and honesty
What is your most treasured possession?
How would someone best describe you?
Crafted from two vineyards, one on Sonoma Mountain and one in the Russian River Valley, the 2016 ÆRENA Chardonnay offers aromas and flavors of peach, lemon, cantaloupe, toasted almonds, and wet rock. Conversations in Yellow displays tightly woven density and ample richness with bright, refreshing acidity. It finishes long with lingering ripe pear, citrus and toffee flavors.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Throwing a really good party