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$30.00
/ 750ml
SKU: RPGG19RHZN
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Esola Vineyard

Raahi means ‘traveler’ in Hindi and I have traveled a long way, both literally and figuratively to make this Zinfandel. To visit the Esola Vineyard in Lodi, California’s Shenandoah Valley requires me to drive farther than any other vineyard. The journey is absolutely worth it. In firm, granite soils and from old, own-rooted vines, I am able to work with small clusters of intensely perfumed Zinfandel. There is a wildness, a savage quality to Zinfandel that I enjoy so much. Like Syrah, there are savory qualities of pepper and spice that mingle so well with the brighter, wilder fruit profile inherent in Zinfandel. 

I fermented the 2019 Raahi Zinfandel in an old wooden tank, leaving the grape clusters intact and striving for an incredibly gentle and natural fermentation. The small berries offered up plenty of texture, structure, and color on their own, without having to coax any more out of them. The resulting wine is wonderfully spiced and peppery while still retaining lifted fruit notes that make the wine drink really well right now. 

Because of the savory elements in the 2019 Raahi Zinfandel, the wine sings with anything well-seasoned and cooked over an open flame. From slow cooked ribs to a quickly grilled tri-tip, I hope Raahi will be right by your side as you grill away this summer. 

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$28.00
/ 750ml
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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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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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
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.