2013 Agua Dulce de Refugio ~ $22
This aperitif style 100% Malvasia Bianca we call Agua Dulce, literally meaning "sweet water", dances across your palate with its playful personality. The nose offers classic Malvasia Bianca aromatics of jasmine, citrus blossom and hibiscus flower along with fresh honeysuckle. The 2013 vintage allowed us to pick the fruit with brighter acidity and less sugar than its 2012 counterpart - giving the wine a lighter mouthfeel and just 1% residual sugar. The palate provides a slight effervescence accompanied by notes of papaya, tangerine and citrus peel throughout the finish. Drink this wine on a warm day, next to the pool with cheese and fruit.
126 cases produced
2011 Sauvignon Blanc ~ $24
Fleshier than its sibling due in part from more barrel influence (roughly 15% new French oak) and spending longer time in barrel sur lie, this wine still very focused shows more stone fruit, Bartlett pear, doughnut peach, and Golden Delicious Apple, complimented by white flower, peach blossom, vanilla. Creamier on the palate with more pastry dough and apple tartan, ripe fruit throughout balanced with bright acidity giving great length.
230 cases produced
2011 Tiradora ~ $28
With great depth, complexity, and energy this 100% Sauvignon Blanc has a very perfumed nose of white grapefruit, pear, and gooseberry accentuated by a more savory mineral driven crushed wet rock and briny oyster shell. On the palate, similar fruit persists in crisp Asian pear, lime and grapefruit, white currant, and honeydew melon, with hints of an herbal edge, all framed in by bright fresh natural acidity. A kiss of pie crust from some barrel fermentation and lees contact provides an added layer of richness. Picked in multiple passes with vinification inspired by the great Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre producers, cool fermentations in both stainless steel and neutral French oak, large format 400L, even a nod to the great Didier Dagueneau’s use of cigar barrels, and 228L barrique, although no new wood was used in the final blend.
374 cases produced
2011 Ineseño ~ $28
The Ineseno is an opulent wine in style with plenty of citrus oil, marmalade, apricot, and nectarine, yet offering subtle nuances of spicy clove, anise, and nutmeg with herbs, wild sage, and dry-cured ham. This is a full bodied wine left on its lees for 12 months using several size barrels: 228L barrique, 300L Hogshead, and 400L puncheons of which 20% is new French oak before being blended to finish maturation in concrete. While walking the tight-rope of sweet and savory, the density and richness of the wine comes mainly from roussanne (57%) which is accompanied by viognier (43%) to offer floral lift and a kiss of acid to bring length to the finish.
367 cases produced
2011 Escondrijo ~ $36
A blend of 58% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 9% Petite Sirah, our Escondrijo, or “Hideaway”, has an enticing nose that mixes red and black berries, dark cherry and cranberry with lovely Asian five-spice, smoke, and a more savory bacon fat. On the palate the fresh acidity suggests candied orange peel and compliments the intriguing flavors and volume of the wine without feeling weighty. Fine grained ripe tannins hint at black tea and carry the stony minerality with great length and beautiful structure fit to evolve. Aged in French oak, 25% new, of various formats (puncheon, hogshead, and barrique) for 18 months.
289 cases produced
2011 Petite Sirah ~ $28
Dark garnet hues, almost black at the core, immediately suggest the brooding bouquet of black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry compote. Hints of balsamic, dark chocolate and fresh coffee grinds offer more to this seductively deep nose accompanied with a pretty floral lift of violets. This full bodied wine is packed with juicy black fruit and plum skin, along with chewy black licorice like tannins that can be cut with a knife. Aged in French oak, 20% new, for 20 months.
202 cases produced
2010 Barbareño ~ $42
Beautiful garnet color and clarity in this red blend of 74% Syrah and 26% Petite Sirah. Tons of stuffing, exquisite balance, freshness and fine grained chalky tannins with lively acidity. The aromatics and palate presence work in beautiful harmony offering pretty notes of lavender and violet, black cherry, blackcurrant, and fresh blueberries, accompanied by more savory elements of olive tapenade, peppercorn steak, smoke, and leather. Hidden beneath are subtle notes of naturally dried coffee bean, sassafras, camphor, Herbes de Provence, cedar and vanilla. Firing on all cylinders now, and meant for the long haul!
371 cases produced