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Soft, silky and perfumed. Violet, passionflower, plum, blackberry, blueberry, sassafras, mint, anise. Herbal, savory finish.
Dark fruit with layers of wisteria, anise, red pepper, wood, and cacao nibs. The palate is balanced delicately by more lively and fresh red fruit along with mocha, toasted coffee, vanilla and baking and tarragon spice. Tightly wound, this wine will open beautifully in front of a fire or in the company of a nice cut of meat.
Grapes for this unique blend come from a variety of white wine varieties across four different vintages. Starting in 2017, Chardonnay and Riesling grapes were fermented on their skins in small batches, and aged in neutral French oak. In 2018, Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc grapes were used, and blended with the 2017 vintage in the summer of 2019, creating our first release of The Lion for Real, 2 year solera. At that time, we decided to bottle half of the wine we made and keep half to be blended into the next vintage – allowing us to continue the Solera. Since then, we have introduced Viognier grapes and continued the unique project, now a 4 year blend, and containing a part of every vintage of this special and unique wine. Un-fined, unfiltered, and unadulterated. Natural in every sense of the definition. Bottled July, 2021.
Refreshing and crisp. Gardenia, tropical, peach, pear, lemon, flint. Short finish.
Light and refreshing, we made our Brut to enjoy on its own or paired with, well, just about anything. This sparkling wine opens with notes of green apple, banana, and tropical kiwi, developing into flavors of peach and tart strawberry on the palate. Enjoy chilled and often.
Brilliant rose gold in color, the Rosé Brut sparkling wine opens with soft notes of watermelon, kiwi and a beautiful yeasty quality that invites you in. The palate is elegant, with cherry, floral, and a creamy texture that has a bright finish.
Like previous vintages, this wine will be a crowd favorite, and should be paired with seafood to match the wine's natural slight salinity and bright acid. You can thank me later.
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The White Witch is our name for the westerly wind that blows each afternoon through our vines in Monterey. This is nature using it's magic for good, producing the beautiful layers and rich textures of this Rhône-style blend. A full mouthfeel of pear, dried apricot, glazed peaches, fresh almond, graham cracker, marzipan, kumquat, fresh thyme, hay, green tea, wet stone, and candied pecans. The richness and weight are balanced with bright acid and minerality to pair well with a wide range of foods, from grilled vegetables and seafood to white sauces and meats.
Often referred to as “orange wine” the practice of leaving the grape skins to ferment with the pressed juice dates back thousands of years to the Caucasus region where Europe and Asia intersect. This ancient practice of extended skin contact during the fermentation of white wines produces a rich and complex wine with added tannins and phenols, and of course the distinctive amber, or “orange,” hue. This wine expands the pairing options of white wine. The bright acid and added tannic texture allows this white wine to pair well with bigger, bolder foods, similar to a light red wine. Lightly chill and enjoy this unique white wine experience.
Perched on the east-facing terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range located just south of the Monterey Bay, the Santa Lucia Highlands are world renowned for producing some of California’s best Pinot Noir. Our cool-climate Pinot Noir is fresh and floral, with delicate rose petals, baking spice and minerality and a full-bodied texture.
Escolle Vineyard has quickly gained esteem since being planted in 2008 in the Santa Lucia Highlands. We hand harvested clones 2A and 777 and natively fermented them in small batches. This site is true to the Santa Lucia Highlands character, producing fresh red fruit, black tea and spice aromas with a dark, broody nature and fine wood tannins on the palate.
Whole Cluster fermentation has been a staple of old-world winemaking for generations. It is with this tradition and spirit that we decided to allow our grapes to natively ferment while remaining on the cluster, producing fresh Hibiscus, lavender and a Redwood forest floor nose and a juicy and lengthy savory finish.
Brosseau Vineyard in the Chalone AVA has a remarkable combination of limestone soils, weather patterns and organic farming that produces intense minerality, texture and richness in its wines. The Grenache was natively fermented then aged in 2 neutral 500L French oak puncheons for 16 months. The wine opens with wild cherry and baking spice and has an incredibly rich mouthfeel that lingers.
This cuvée of Grenache and Syrah is our flagship wine, paying respect to our history while celebrating our Monterey terroir. The light, playful flavors of mineral and bright, red fruit of Grenache dance on big, earthy, spice notes of Syrah. This is a wine of substance that harmonizes to the point of singing in the glass.
Brosseau Vineyard in the Chalone AVA has a remarkable combination of limestone soils, weather patterns and organic farming that produces intense minerality, texture and richness in its wines. The Syrah was natively fermented in bins and 500L puncheons, then aged for 16 months in 13% new French oak (87% neutral oak) producing a wine that has rich, dark flavors and can be enjoyed for years to come.
Our boldest wine yet, this smoky, savory flavor bomb is loaded with decadent layers – cured meat and white pepper, blueberry and plum, cedar and sweet tobacco. This wine will shine in 2-3 years- consider keeping it in your cellar to age till then.
THE HOUND is a classic blend of Bordeaux varietals, combining 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, and 9% Cabernet Franc sourced 89% from Massa Estate Vineyard and 11% from Cedar Lane Vineyard . The not-so-little brother of our Reserve Bordeaux blend, this wine is complex and elegant with aromas and flavors of blueberry, mocha, floral lilac, frisée, dusty vanilla, brown sugar, creme de cassis, pencil lead, cedar wood, and hibiscus. The texture offers nice richness with round and full tannins. The Hound is a beautiful, bold wine that will benefit from aging.