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Varietal
Cabernet Franc & Syrah
Appellation

My friend and winemaking partner Sashi Moorman is a devotée of the iconoclast Provençal producer, Domaine de Trévallon. Nestled on the north face of southern France’s Alpilles mountains, Trévallon produces a soulful, rustic blend of equal parts Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2017 we were presented with a unique opportunity to craft a similar wine. Our good friend and wine club member, Jason Kimmel offered us some wonderful Cabernet Franc from his family’s ranch in Mendocino County’s Potter Valley. We de-stemmed and co-fermented this pristine fruit with whole cluster Syrah from the Rim Rock vineyard in the Arroyo Grande Valley. We layered each variety into the concrete tank, alternating between the Cabernet Franc and Syrah.

With these two tannic varieties, a long élevage - first in barrique then in puncheon - was crucial to resolve the firm tannins into silky, fine-grain tannins that alight on the mid-palate. This is the most proactive approach we have taken in raising a wine. Moving it from smaller to larger vessels to preserve the fruit while resolving the tannin. The nervy nature and dark fruit profile of the Cabernet Franc married with the savage wildness of Syrah makes for quite a striking wine and one you can confidently enjoy now. The name ‘lilied’ means to adorn. Whether the Cabernet Franc is adorning the Syrah or vice-versa, I’ll let you be the judge. 

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Varietal
Rosé
Appellation

Last year, we shared our first ANIKA Rosé, from the 2019 vintage. The response was so enthusiastic and the wine disappeared so quickly, I was motivated to offer another 'serious' rosé this year. Sourced from a different vineyard and made from a different variety, fans of ANIKA will recall the 2018 Mourvèdre (my personal favorite wine club wine to date). Taking inspiration from and following in the mode of the Provençal region of Bandol, we harvested the Mourvèdre early, set on making a 'rosé of intent'. I drove the grapes to the winery where, after a 24-hour maceration, the clusters were gently pressed into neutral barrels. After a very brief, four month élevage, the wine was bottled without sulfur or filtration. Deep in color, this exotic rose is expressive, with crazy notes of orange curaçao and raspberry confiture.

140 cases produced

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SKU: RPWC17NSNME
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa Valley

My journey down the Bordeaux rabbit hole continues with the decadently textured Merlot grape. Characterized by blue fruits and round, silky tannins whose short chain structure sweeps the mid-palate, this is a very special wine. I am lucky to work with an organically farmed, terraced vineyard in the Napa Valley's Coombsville appellation. The Black Vineyard is composed of volcanic soils that are rich in clay. When I taste wine, I often think of rocky soils as giving a wine its frame or its bones and rich clay soils as giving a wine its curves or its flesh. The textural nature of Merlot combined with volcanic clay soils, especially in a cool and even vintage like 2017 holds the potential for something truly pleasurable. We vinified this wine as gently as possible, both to avoid over extraction and to retain the delicate red and blue fruits and higher-toned aromatics in the wine. A two year élevage in neutral barrel followed by an additional year in bottle has this wine poised to drink exceptionally well right now. 

84 cases produced

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Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley

Years ago, when asked if I would ever make Cabernet Sauvignon, I immediately said “never”. My winemaking partner Sashi Moorman wisely replied “Never say never Raj”. Lo and behold the 2016 vintage and the birth of this wonderful adventure called the Raj Parr Wine Club gave me an opportunity to work with an incredible farmer and a beautiful vineyard to make my very first Cabernet Sauvignon. The Dead Fred Vineyard in Napa Valley’s Coombsville appellation is farmed by my good friend Steve Matthiasson. Like me, Steve is curious and probing, never content and always looking to improve and grow and learn more. We bring this Cabernet winemaking adventure to a close on a classic vintage. 2019 offers a dense and compact expression of Cabernet. Bright blue and red fruits and hints of graphite bring a pure and concentrated wine to the palate. The finish is already lengthy and pronounced and the wine is fresh and ready to be enjoyed now.

1,116 bottles produced