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$28.00
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SKU: RPGG19TRCHIN
Varietal
Pinot Noir + Gamay + Mondeuse
Appellation
San Luis Obispo

Years ago in a Paris bistro, I enjoyed a completely new and inspiring glass of wine. l'Autrement was the name and it was an amazing blend of Mondeuse, Gamay, and Pinot Noir. The intriguing aromas and its unique deliciousness captured my imagination and made me SMILE!

This marks the third vintage of Tres Chingones. The fruit from all 3 varieties was de-stemmed and fermented separately in small tanks, then blended and aged in 2 used puncheons (500L barrels). I love how the distinction of each grape variety shines through. Pinot Noir offers fruit, Gamay brings acidity, and Mondeuse contributes a rich, dark color. 

The wine is playful, juicy, crunchy, and super-super good!

OK, so the name is a bit irreverent. Tres Chingones refers to the 3 major pests (a$$h@!es) in our vineyard: wild boar, coyote, and starling. It also represents the fantastic combination of these three bad-ass varieties together.

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$30.00
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SKU: RPGG19NTYA
Varietal
Cabernet Franc + Côt
Appellation
Carmel Valley

Nithya is a Sanskrit word that means ‘eternal’. This wine is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Malbec, also called Côt, sourced from the Massa Vineyard in Carmel Valley. Massa is a certified organic farm and a very unique place. The vineyard seems like it has been there forever. There is an Alpine feel to it, and yet, you are firmly in sunny California. The Carmel Valley’s limestone soils imbue the wine with an energy I find really intriguing.

The Cabernet Franc and Côt were harvested on the same day and co-fermented. The wine was raised in neutral barrel and bottled without filtration or the addition of sulfur. There is a very energetic, coniferous green note that hums along, just below the surface of the aromatics, but the wine is incredibly generous with flavors of black cherry and plum.

NOTE: This wine is as pure as mountain fruit gets and it’s going to be drinking really, really well when it’s young. In fact, I am releasing this wine BEFORE the 2018 Nithya, a 100% Cabernet Franc wine from the Enz Vineyard made in the weightier and more serious style of Right Bank Bordeaux. 

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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
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

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Varietal
Sémillon
Appellation
Napa Valley

If there is a theme to the white wines that I make and drink it might be called textural and non-aromatic white wines. Chardonnay falls under this category as does the Jura variety Savagnin. In Bordeaux, Sémillon is another white grape that falls in this category. It offers a wonderful richness and a waxy texture. The most compelling thing about this category of wines is how they develop so many interesting layers and flavors with time.

I began this wine club with a new challenge of crafting Cabernet Sauvignon in a classic, old-school California style. I had never before tried my hand with any Bordeaux varieties and the warm reception of the first two vintages of Never Say Never Cabernet Sauvignon led me down the rabbit hole a bit further. While Cabernet is the noble red grape of Bordeaux, the noble white grape is Sémillon. I was lucky to procure some beautiful Sémillon from the last head-trained, dry farmed Sémillon vines in the Napa Valley. Farmed organically since the mid-80s, this relatively cool pocket of the valley ripens early, at low potential alcohol, and with lots of flavor and texture. We harvested the Sémillon from the Yount Mill Vineyard on August 26th, 2019 and pressed the juice into neutral barrels. The wine fermented naturally and we raised it for one year in barrel before bottling. Never Say Never Sémillon was bottled without any fining or filtering.

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Varietal
Appellation
Sta. Rita Hills

Preuve (French for evidence) has taken years to craft. For me, this wine is 'proof' that we can produce exceptional sparkling wines in the Sta. Rita Hills. Made of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from three of the top vineyards in the appellation (Sanford & Benedict, Rinconada, and Bentrock), the inspiration for this wine came from my visits to the cellar of Anselme Selosse. ⁠

One of the greatest winemakers I have⁠ ever met, it was in his cellar that I tasted the magic of the solera system, the blending of successive vintages to produce a wine that combines the complexity, vibrancy, richness, and charm of both young and mature champagne.⁠ ⁠Preuve includes wine from the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 vintages. This multi-vintage wine was bottled without any dosage (zero addition of sugar before corking), with less atmospheric pressure (a gentler secondary fermentation to produce less bubbles, and therefore a more vinous mousse) and disgorged after 4⁠ years on the lees.⁠