100% Chenin Blanc
    Marritt Island AVA, Clarksburg
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The Hobo Wine Company is the brainchild, side job, menace to the wine industry, hedged bet, cash strain, mental anguish, late night musing, bruised hands, dirty t-shirts, and constant companion of Kenny Likitprakong. Despite knowing better, he started his own label in 2002 with the simple idea to have some good fun.

Kenny Likitprakong believes that the possibility for wine to create community, to be history, to tell a story, and to transcend time and place still enchants, captivates, and inspires. In Kenny’s opinion, the wines that achieve these ethereal qualities are produced by craftsmen/women with an artisan approach to growing grapes and making wine, Vignerons who raise their vines and wines with great thought and patience and understanding and are able to instill their wines with personality and character and a sense of place. 

An opportunity to make Chenin Blanc came up in an old vine Central Coast vineyard. Kenny jumped on that and worked with that vineyard for several years before it was bought. Next, he worked with a Mendocino vineyard and in 2017, moved to their third Chenin Vineyard, the Wilson Vineyard on Merritt Island in Clarksburg. After just one year, now they know why Clarksburg is Chenin’s California home. The wine strikes a wonderful balance between California richness and Chenin’s more sharp acid and mineral character. It’s textural and refined, a touch lush in the nose, but lean on the palate.  

Wholecluster pressed to two concrete eggs, a stainless steel tank, and 2 neutral barrels for fermentation, then left on the lees for malolactic and after until bottling in March of 2018. Total production in 2017 is 540 cases.