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

"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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$26.00
/ 750ml
SKU: RPGG19CFROA
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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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.⁠

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Varietal
Appellation
Sta. Rita Hills

The 2014 Blanc de Blancs is a méthode Champenoise sparkling wine sourced from Charonnay grown at the Bentrock Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. These Chardonnay grapes from Sandhi's best single vineyard site were harvested in the 2014 vintage and fermented naturally in neutral barrel at the winery in Lompoc.

After a year we sent the base wine (called a vin clair) to our friend Michael Cruse, in Petaluma, CA. Michael bottled the wine on the lees and set the bottles in riddling racks where they remained for the next 40 months. In the winter of 2019, we disgorged the bottles and placed the mushroom cork and cage on the bottles. The 2014 Blanc de Blancs is bone dry (Brut) and there was no dosage added (Brut Zèro). In other words, the wine is bone dry, with no hint of sweetness. Because of the extended ageing, this wine possesses a rich and generous texture. I am really proud of this wine and glad that the patience required to produce it was rewarded with a wonderful bottle in the end.

 

only 200 cases disgorged.

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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.

900 bottles produced. Click HERE to learn more about the inspiration and collaboration behind ANIKA