Florèz - 2019 - Moonmilk
Florèz - 2019 - Moonmilk


Santa Cruz, California, USA

Florèz Wines was started by James Jelks in 2017. James grew up in the Santa Cruz area and was schooled in winemaking at nearby UC Davis. He worked in wineries all over the world for 10 years before returning home to make wine in the Santa Cruz area. He is farming some vineyards himself, always dry-farmed, and is also sourcing some fruit from organic and sustainable vineyards. He always works with native yeasts, does not use additives except for a minimal amount of sulfur at bottling, and does not filter the wines.

The ‘Gold Top’ indicates the difference between this old vine Blue Jay vineyard Moonmilk (Gold Top) 2019, and the 2019 Moonmilk from Glenwood vineyard(previously released with a regular beeswax top – see above). Hand-picked with the help of winemaker’s friends, foot tread and let to rest for 1 night on the skins. Pressed, barrel fermented with native yeasts, no stirring, sur lies for 10 months, racked once. Unfined, unfiltered, 20ppm SO2 at bottling only. Cellared for 1.75 years in bottle before release. (Jenny & Francois)