Legend has it that in 1224 a Knight named Gaspard de Stérimberg, wounded and weary from battling in the Albigensian Crusade, was given permission by the Queen of France to recover atop a granite peak in the Rhone Valley, a spot that would later become the epicenter of Hermitage wines. Through with bloodshed, Gaspard became a hermit but was soon joined by others seeking similar refuge. Together, they began to tend the area’s mythical vines. “It’s crazy to think that almost 800 years ago, a hermit on a hill walled himself off from the world and in doing so, inspired this wine,” says Ali. “Gaspard’s is a story I love and I think it shows in the strength of this wine -- rugged, intense and powerful.” We’re very proud of this wine and expect to make some history of our own with it!