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$32.00
/ 750ml
SKU: RPGG18PETNAT
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation

"You drink Champagne on Friday and Saturday...on Monday, you drink Pét Nat. That's why we call it MONDAY CLUB!"

As I was walking the rows at our newest estate vineyard, Phelan Farm, in Cambria, California, I could smell the grapes. Beautiful, fresh aromas of watermelon, strawberry, and tomato. I thought, "this would make an amazing pét nat". So we harvested the Pinot Noir a touch earlier than we normally would for still wine. This refreshing, sparkling Pinot Noir was made naturally, with no additives, in our winery here in Lompoc, CA.

As always, when there are bubbles involved, I collaborate with my friend, Michael Cruse. For Monday Club, we made sparkling wine in the méthode ancestral fashion, where primary fermentation finishes in the bottle. Although this technique is often described as less refined than méthode champenoise, we were still able to craft a “pét nat” (Pétillant Naturel) of refinement and delicacy.

An ebullient mousse and a vibrant pink hue are followed by effusive aromatics of watermelon, strawberries, and tomato. Low in alcohol, the wine is light on the palate and finishes with refreshing acidity and length.

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$32.00
/ 750ml
SKU: RPGG18PAIS
Varietal
Mission
Appellation
Amador County

Planted in 1854, the fruit from the Deaver Ranch in Amador County is one of the oldest vineyards in California and also is one of the last vestiges of the Mission grape in the state. Originally from Spain, then brought to California in the 1700s by Franciscan missionaries, the Mission grape, also known as País, or Listán Prieto in the Canary Islands, was successfully planted in California and used for table, sacramental, and fortified wines. Mission is hardy, resistant to drought, and prefers hot and dry climates.

Wild and almost savage-like berry aromas spring from the glass along with baking spices and pepper. Crunchy, fresh and delicious on the palate. Super drinkable and enjoyable with any backyard patio cuisine. 552 bottles produced.

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$28.00
/ 750ml
SKU: RPGG17TRCHIN
Varietal
Gamay, Mondeuse, Pinot Noir
Appellation
San Luis Obispo

Years ago in a Paris bistro, I was presented with a glass of l'Autrement made by the Savoie legend Jacques Maillet, who blended together Mondeuse, Gamay, and Pinot Noir into a beautiful creation. The wine’s beguiling and intriguing aromatics and its unique sense of terroir and deliciousness are still with me today.

After several visits with Maillet’s protégés Marie and Florian Curtet, I felt compelled to source similar grapes here in California. In 2017 and 2018 vintage, we sourced these three varieties through friends and from the Phelan Farm near Cambria. Excitingly, our first estate-grown wines planted to these varieties will be ready in 2019.

The fruit was de-stemmed and fermented natively and separately in small stainless tanks, then blended and aged in one neutral puncheon (500L barrel). The distinction of each variety shines through with Pinot Noir offering fruit, Gamay bringing acid, and Mondeuse contributing color. It is playful, juicy, crunchy, and super-super good!

The name Tres Chingones refers to the three major pests in our vineyards: wild boar, coyote, and starling; and also represents the fantastic combination of these three bad-ass varieties together.

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$26.00
/ 750ml
SKU: RPGG18CFROA
Varietal
Rosé of Pinot Gris
Appellation
San Benito

For our 2nd vintage of CANDYFLOSS, I sourced fruit from twenty-year-old Pinot Gris vines at the Eden Rift Vineyard in the Cienega Valley AVA.

This wine’s gorgeous color reminds me more of how red wine is made since I did a 7-day maceration of the fruit and punched it down with my own hands twice-a-day. The wine was pressed into a neutral puncheon (a big, 500L barrel) for five months. No pumps or mechanization were used. Zero additives and zero sulfur. 70 cases made.

 

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$32.00
/ 750ml
SKU: RPGG17PETNAT
Varietal
Chenin Blanc
Appellation
Eola-Amity Hills

Grown for over a thousand years in France’s Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc is expressed in many forms — dry, sweet, and sparkling. Its versatility is attributable to its naturally high acidity. Harvested early, it can produce elegant, vibrant sparkling wines; harvested for still wine, it makes long-lived, transparent wines that age effortlessly; and harvested late, it can produce the world’s greatest dessert wines.

In the early days of Oregon wine, a few grape growers experimented with Chenin Blanc, one being Evening Land's neighbor, Bethel Heights. Today, very little attention is given to it in Oregon, but I was inspired to graft a few rows of old-vines Pinot Noir to Chenin Blanc and discover the possibilities.

For this first attempt, I collaborated with my friend, Michael Cruse, to make a sparkling wine in the méthode ancestral fashion, where the primary fermentation finishes in the bottle. Although this technique is often described as less refined than méthode champenoise, we were able to craft a “pét nat” (Pétillant Naturel) of incredible refinement and delicacy.

A tight bead and crystal clear presentation is followed by aromatic notes of apple skin, bitter orange, and peony. Low in alcohol, the wine is light on the palate and finishes with refreshing acidity and length.

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Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Rim Rock Vineyard

My goal with Amrita is to make the purest and most texturally-layered Pinot Noir I can. In 2017, I secured fruit from a special planting of own-rooted old-vines at the Rim Rock Vineyard. This site is influenced by the Pacific Ocean and has a mixture of clay and weathered shale soils.

Using slender stainless steel tanks I carbonically fermented the whole clusters to capture as much freshness and purity as possible. The resulting wine is delicious and vibrant. Zero sulfur was added and I bottled it in Magnum (1.5L) trusting that this wine will age successfully for the next decade.

The name AMRITA honors the sacrifice of an 18th-century environmentalist in central India. In 1730 a woman named Amrita was protesting the local government’s destruction of a sacred forest in order to build a palace. She chose to give up her life to save the trees. Amrita and her three daughters were killed. As news of this tragedy spread, villagers came to honor Amrita’s death by defending the sacred forest. Ultimately, over 360 people were killed before the local magistrate finally relented and the trees were saved.

109 cases produced.

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Varietal
Syrah
Appellation
Santa Maria Valley

Inspired by Thierry Allemand, this cold-climate Syrah is a nod to the master's sans soufre selection, where the wine is bottled without sulfur. Grown on thirty-eight-year-old, organically farmed vines at Bien Nacido’s Block X, Anika Syrah is 100% native yeast fermented with no additions or subtractions. The grapes are fermented 100% whole-cluster in large concrete vats. This old school fermentation approach allows every berry to have its own ferment, creating intensely lifted and fresh aromatics of earth, spice, and fruit. Structurally, the wine has great architecture from the old vines, whole-clusters, and aging in neutral Puncheon, and strikes the perfect balance between elegance, finesse, and power.

Anika is the Sanskrit word for 'impermanence'. The name emphasizes the wine’s continual evolution due to the elimination of sulfur. Having recently enjoyed the 2006 vintage of Anika, we can attest to this wine’s long life and expect the 2015 vintage to age beautifully for the next 15-20 years. Enjoy with any lamb, roasted pepper and vegetable-based dishes.

1,116 bottles produced. Click HERE to learn more about the inspiration and collaboration behind ANIKA