With grapes sourced from the famed Carmody-McKnight Vineyards off of Chimney Rock Road in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles, The Anarchist is the newest project of Gareth Conway, son of famed Paso Robles winemaker Gary Conway and dedicated to his great-grandfather Angelo Monello, who was born in Sicily, fought in the streets against Mussolini’s Fascist police force the Brownshirts, and found himself jailed and exiled from Italy for his political beliefs. In America, his political rabble-rousing did not cease, as he bootstrapped himself into a major marble and tile contractor in Boston; fought for fair wages, proper working conditions, and human rights for his employees; deplored child labor practices and encouraged his employees to join their local unions; and was a key witness in the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti.
Gareth Conway has chosen to enact some of the same winemaking techniques that Angelo used in producing his own wine while making The Anarchist. For the first wine under the label – a 2010 Meritage blend composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – Gareth sourced grapes from dry-farmed thirty-plus year old original vines that are non-GMO and have never been grafted onto other rootstock. All the winemaking is natural, just as Angelo would have done it, and the result is an elegant, powerful wine full of life and age that Gareth’s great grandfather would be proud of.