Onward

Winemaker Faith Armstrong Foster has truly worked her way up through every aspect of the wine business; from tasting room manager, to marketing, to lab technician and assistant winemaker, to finally, in 2009, launching her own label with Onward. Although she does some fascinating work with Malvasia (and a few other varieties for some cool projects in the works), the focus at Onward is definitely on Pinot Noir, which is Faith’s favorite variety both to work with and to drink. Faith sources from two vineyards for her Pinot, "Hawkeye Ranch" in Redwood Valley, and "Cerise Vineyard" in Anderson Valley. "Hawkeye" is farmed sustainably and organically by fifth generation family farmers, and is planted to old vine Martini clone. "Cerise" is a steep hillside vineyard, farmed biodynamically, with super thin, hard, and marginal soils, resulting in low yields, but some of the best quality in California. Working exclusively with these cool climate vineyard sites, coupled with Faith's minimal intervention approach during the winemaking process, allows for some of the truest expressions of Pinot Noir in California.