2011 Sauvignon Blanc ~ $24 (wine club ~ $19.20)
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 (wine club ~ $22.40)
With great depth, complexity, and energy this wine 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 Viognier ~ $24 (wine club ~ $19.20)
A rich wine very expressive of varietal aromas including honeysuckle, jasmine, white peach and citrus oil. On the palate the ripe peach lingers with apricot, lychee nut, and tropical fruit all mingling with a very well integrated wood influence (20% new French oak) offering graham cracker and vanilla.
196 cases produced
2011 Ineseño ~ $28 (wine club ~ $22.40)
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 (wine club ~ $28.80)
An enticing nose 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 (wine club ~ $22.40)
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 (wine club ~ $33.60)
Beautiful garnet color with clarity and a certain sense of purity provides this wine with an alluring quality. The aromatics offer tremendous complexity and bring forth all the components of each varietal in the blend. 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