2014 Ribolla Gialla — The Hamptons, Long Island

We are very excited to offer you a new vintage of Ribolla Gialla! Ribolla Gialla is an ancient white grape variety most often found in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. This delicate, floral, high-acid white grape has documentation back to the 13th century in Friuli. Known as Rebula in Slovenia and Robola in Greece, this variety has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Very little is grown in the United States... with most of the bottlings originating from George Vare's Vineyard in California. We grow a small plot here on our farm in the Scuttlehole and Brick Kiln vineyards. This is a small production wine, there are only 132 cases and this Ribolla has a great deal of charm and personality, so it likely won't stick around. Our 2014 Ribolla is an aromatic and textural delight. Hand-harvested and fermented on its skins -- (for 19 days) like a red wine -- this wine displays a polished golden color and offers aromas and flavors of yellow peaches, lemon curd, apricots, yellow plums, apple skin, white flowers and salty minerals. There is a bit of grip and the wine offers great balance of fruit, light skin tannins, zippy acidity and moderate 12% alcohol, which makes this wine amazingly spry on its feet for all the complexity. Our 2014 Ribolla Gialla spent about 10 months in neutral oak and stainless steel barrels. This wine offers boundless opportunities at the table from local fish and shellfish to fall veggies including squash, parsnips, cauliflower and pumpkin to lighter white meats like pork and veal. Journey and explore with this wine... it is fun, delicious and a little bit like Jazz. 132 cases produced. 6 bottles max per customer.

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2014 Sylvanus — The Hamptons, Long Island

Sylvanus is a wine of place, a vin de terroir. This bone-dry, aromatic white wine is a true field blend comprised of 60% Muscat, 30% Pinot Grigio and 10% Pinot Bianco all grown together, harvested together and fermented together. Sylvanus is not only the name of the wine, but also the name of the vineyard and the legendary Green Man who this vineyard and wine honor. In creating a field blend as opposed to blending different wine lots together, we are capturing the essence of our time and place as expressed by the vineyard Sylvanus. All of the fruit was hand-harvested, whole cluster-pressed, fermented in stainless steel barrels (42%) and older oak barrels (58%). Two bins of grapes were skin-fermented for 15 days and blended back in adding a punch of aromatics, flavor and texture. The wine was handled minimally and bottled by gravity on September 4th, 2015. Our 2014 Sylvanus is straw colored and possesses a clean, pronounced aromatic personality. The wine is medium-bodied, has moderate alcohol and juicy acidity. The flavors and aromas are reminiscent of grapes, tangerines, grapefruit, minerals and flowers like honeysuckle and nasturtium. Our Sylvanus is juicy, tangy and alive with a long gratifying almost spicy and saline finish. This is the perfect aperitif wine and also pairs with stuffed squash blossoms, fresh cheeses, oysters and clams on the half shell (or a clam pie!), light salads, or charcuterie. There is a lovely inter-play between the light, ethereal qualities of this wine and its satisfying ripeness and swelling texture. Our 2014 Sylvanus encompasses the paradoxical quality of aromatic lift, lightness and fleshy weight. 396 cases produced.

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2015 Pinot Grigio - Long Island, AVA

We always love offering a new vintage of Pinot Grigio as it defies the usual expectations of the grape. Our 2015 Pinot Grigio is alive with aromas and flavors of tree-ripe peaches (yellow and white), golden and red apples, pears, white flowers, spice, a touch of honey and what is becoming a tell-tale note in our whites; a salty, chalky minerality. This lovely dry white wine is clean, alluring and focused with loads of personality and a silken mouthfeel. We have often said that Pinot Grigio gets a bad rap from the thin, dilute industrial examples and we are proud to enlighten the naysayer's with a Pinot Grigio of superior character. For our 2015 version all the fruit was hand-harvested, whole cluster-pressed, fermented in stainless steel barrels (64%) and older/neutral oak barrels and hogsheads (36%). The wine was handled minimally and bottled by gravity (after ten months on its lees) on July 14th, 2016. Our 2015 is again composed of 100% Pinot Grigio.  The wine possesses a golden straw color, medium body, moderate alcohol, medium acidity and a long juicy, satisfying finish. The 2015 Pinot Grigio features fruit from both our home farm in Bridgehampton and from the Mudd West Vineyard on the North Fork, hence the blended Long Island AVA. We are proud of our Pinot Grigio and encourage you to drink it with local fish and shellfish (especially fried), sheep's milk cheeses, zucchini frittatas, light chicken dishes, pastas and charcuterie. We made 416 cases of this wonderful wine and suggest taking advantage of the real and very attractive quality/value ratio. 18 bottle max per customer.

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2014 Lagrein - Home Farm Vineyard, The Hamptons AVA

Long Island Lagrein...delicious, singular, expressive and downright super-cool! This is our fifth vintage bottled of our Lagrein as a red wine and we are thrilled with the results of our planting and we want more. There was no Lagrein bottled in 2011 and we are still holding on to the 2013 in the cellar till we believe it is ready for release. Lagrein is a bit of an off the beaten-track variety for the East End as were the first winery growing and making wine from this great black grape variety that hails originally from the Alto Adige in Northeast Italy (there is now another block on the North Fork, yay!). Our 2014 version has a deep purple almost opaque color with clean, youthful, sexy aromas and flavors of blue and black fruit, like blueberries and black raspberries; along with black pepper and brown spices, purple flowers (iris and violets), cocoa, dark chocolate, stone, mineral and an alluring exotic resin note. This is seriously distinctive stuff. It is a satisfyingly rich, deep red wine with an uplifting elegance and lightness of being likely due to the juicy acidity and the wines medium body and moderate alcohol. As always this vintage of Lagrein saw the grapes hand-harvested, de-stemmed, crushed by foot, punched down by hand and fermented ambiently...old-school! This wine then spent 17 months in older French and Slovenian oak puncheons, hogsheads and barrels. It stayed in barrel without movement until we racked and bottled the wine on April 7th, 2016. Only 116 cases of this divine Lagrein were bottled so don't sit around if you want to take possession of your allocation! This is tasty now but is young and tightly wound and will develop well in the bottle for at least 5-6 years and will drink beautifully for at least a decade more. Pair this dynamic red wine with rich, savory fish dishes like monkfish wrapped with pancetta or swordfish with an olive tapenade or tuna atop seared foie gras as well as stews and braises, grain and rice dishes like farro, spelt, risotto, lentils and our local wheat berries, especially with mushrooms and meats (pork!!). This would also be fantastic with cured items like speck and lardo either on a charcuterie board or even atop some crispy flatbread or pizza. 6 bottle max per customer.

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2013 Research Cab

Research Cab is a very special red wine that generally only our wine club gets to enjoy since it is made in such small quantities. Born out of a long standing relationship with a "Research" vineyard on the North Fork we fashion a deliciously expressive wine out of what is essentially a field blend of many different varieties. Our 2013 vintage is comprised of 38% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 16% Chardonnay, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Refosco, 4% Lagrein, 3% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Blaufrankisch, 2% Segalin (an almost forgotten Bordeaux variety), 1% Barbera, 1% Malbec, 1% Sangiovese. All the fruit (red and white) for this wine was harvested by hand, de-stemmed, stomped on by foot and punched down by hand. After primary fermentation (40 days) the wine was racked to all old neutral French and Slovenian oak barrels where it spent twenty two months. The wine was only racked (moved) once and 158 cases were bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on August 12th, 2015. Beautiful clarity and a deep ruby red hue coupled with pronounced aromas of red and black raspberry, cherry, black plum, dark bramble fruit, spice, purple flowers, earth and wet stone are met with an elegance of texture and a supple, smooth silky palate with enough underlying tannic structure and juicy acidity for the wine to develop and improve in the bottle. This is a young wine and while delicious already, will easily improve in the bottle for the next 6-8 years. Since it is hard to resist now we recommend splash decanting the wine before you plan on consuming it! Pair this luscious, tasty red with Long Island duck, herb crusted lamb chops, beef and pork roasts or mushroom and grain based dishes. But there isn't much 2013 Research Cab to go around...first come first serve, sorry...so don't tell too many people and be sure to take advantage of the six bottle max per customer sooner than later!

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2014 Cuvee Tropical

This is an enchanting, exotically-fruited, exuberant white wine! Our 2014 Cuvee Tropical is alive with white peaches, yellow nectarines, green apples, white flowers, tropical fruits like pineapple and that alluring grape scent from the Muscat as well as that undeniable saline minerality that runs through so many of our wines. This green tinged-straw colored white wine is bone dry, medium-bodied with moderate alcohol and possesses a juicy acid balance. The wine is comprised of 75% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Grigio and 7% Muscat. The Chardonnay is the special musque clone from the Mudd vineyard and was fermented wild/ambiently in older oak hogsheads, old/neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel barrels. The Muscat comes from the Mudd West vineyard and was fermented on its skins (for 15 days, like a red wine), then raised in neutral/old French oak (for ten months) and blended into the final wine. The Pinot Grigio is from both our home farm in Bridgehampton as well as the Mudd West vineyard on the North Fork. This is a delightful gregariously aromatic, satisfying, jewel-like white wine. The 2014 Cuvee Tropical is delicious on its own or as a match with mildly spicy foods and Pacific Rim flavors. The Cuvee is also at home with shellfish (raw or cooked), white-fleshed fish and fresh cheeses. Our Cuvee Tropical is always comfortable with a variety of world cuisines from Japanese to Indian to Mexican to Caribbean to Spanish and back to American, so we encourage experimentation. We made 316 cases of this wine and it was bottled by gravity on June 19th, 2015. A final note...please do not drink this wine to cold - instead consume after just a few minutes in the fridge as to encourage its jovial, playful, perfumed personality. Cheers! 1 case max per customer.

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2013 Ramato

Ramato is a special skin-fermented white wine, or what many are now calling "orange" wines. Ramato refers to the old Friulian-style of fermenting Pinot Grigio on its skins, thus creating a coppery-colored wine. All the Pinot Grigio fruit (from both our home farm in Bridgehampton and the Mudd West Vineyard on the North Fork) for our Ramato was hand-picked, handled minimally, fermented on its skins (with wild /ambient yeast) in small bins (for 15-18 days) and raised in older French and Slovenian oak for a dozen months. Not only is the wine alluring and delicious to smell and taste but our Ramato possesses an absolutely gorgeous color to admire....somewhere between deep electric orange and copper. There are aromas and flavors of honey, brown spices, dried apricots, pear skin, tropical citrus, baked apples, coriander and peaches. The wine has balanced acidity, only 12% alcohol, medium-plus body and great persistence of flavor on the finish. This dry, exotic, textured and aromatic wine falls somewhere between a white and a red but does not fit neatly into the pink category. Pair our Ramato with hard cheeses, charcuterie, fish, chicken and pork preparations that include spices, nuts, grains or squash. Exotic, lightly spiced and earthy foods will work marvelously with this wine. Our 2013 Ramato will also be a great addition to the table year-round with its cornucopia of savory and sweet aromas juxtaposed by dryness and complex texture. This is an exceedingly delicious and unusual wine that yearns to be seen, smelled and tasted. Drink this wine now at cellar temp in large glasses and over the next five plus years. 408 cases were produced. 1 case max per customer.

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2014 Due Uve

Due Uve is a fun, playful wine. Due Uve engenders excitement. Our new 2014 vintage is a fresh, delicious experience. The 2014 Due Uve (two grapes) is a blend of 84% Syrah and 16% Dornfelder. The Syrah comes from the Mudd West Vineyard in Hallockville on the North Fork and the Dornfelder comes from our Sylvanus Vineyard here on our farm in Bridgehampton.  All the fruit was hand-harvested, de-stemmed into one ton bins, stomped on by foot, and punched down by hand. After primary fermentation the wine was racked to all old neutral barrels, where it spent fourteen months before being gravity bottled on December 9th, 2015. Our 2014 Due Uve is a ruby red color with purple inflections. The wine is dry, medium-bodied, and juicy, has moderate alcohol and is vibrant and tasty. There are floral, fruit, mineral and spice components to the aroma and flavor profile. Violets, blueberry, black raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, wet stone, cocoa, cinnamon and just a touch of black pepper are some of the descriptors that come to mind. This wine possesses lightness and elegance but is robust and deep enough to tackle some exotic flavor experiences. Try with soy and teriyaki flavors as well as more classic preparations of fish, poultry, grain, pork, veal and pasta dishes. Due Uve is very attractive, very approachable and very versatile. This is an uber-delicious wine to enjoy in its vibrant youth and over the next 5-7 years on top of being priced and styled to enjoy every day with great satisfaction. Only 318 cases were bottled of the 2014 vintage! 1 case max per customer.

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2015 Sauvignon Blanc - Mudd Vineyard, North Fork of LI

Our Mudd Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc has become a CDW classic...a staple that gets snatched up very quickly. Our 2015 Mudd Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is a clean, crisp dry white wine that displays mineral, citrus, stone and tree fruit aromas and flavors. This wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks with no malo-lactic fermentation and was made from the fruit of some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines on Long Island, which were planted in 1975 on their own roots! The soil in the Mudd Vineyard is mostly Haven Silt Loam with some portions being Riverhead Fine Sandy Loam. As always, all the fruit was hand-picked, whole cluster-pressed, handled minimally and bottled by gravity. Our 2015 version is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. This is a dynamic wine exhibiting medium body, moderate alcohol, juicy acidity and a long lasting, persistent finish with beautiful subtlety and delicacy. The 2015 Mudd Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is fresh, vibrant, precise and alive! It possesses flavors and aromas of white grapefruit, lime, herbs, cut grass, tangy white peach, a chalky, salty minerality and even some hints of tropical fruits and white flowers. It is just plain delicious and will match well with local oysters and clams, fresh chevre, spring onions and ramps, charcuterie, asparagus and egg dishes as well as most white fleshed fish. Don't wait this year, as yields were down a bit in 2015 and we only made 588 cases. 1 case max per customer.

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2013 Blaufrankisch Sylvanus Vineyard The Hamptons, Long Island

We are always very happy to release a new vintage of our lovely Blaufrankisch. Over the years this variety has proven its affinity with our climate and we love to use it both as a blending grape and as a varietal bottling. Our 2013 Sylvanus Vineyard Blaufrankisch is comprised, as it often is, of 75% Blaufrankisch and 25% Dornfelder.  We feel the Dornfelder is a great match as a blending grape with its darker color, briary, bramble and spice fruit character. The 2013 wine has a dark ruby-red colored rim with purple inflections and an opaque purple core. The aromas and flavors are full of lilacs, raspberries, black raspberries, plums, boysenberries, violets, brown spice and black pepper. This is a dry, supple, sexy wine with Burgundian texture and great concentration. The alcohol is moderate (12%), the acids juicy and balanced; the tannins are present but soft and the wine offers a great deal of pleasure and a long delicious finish. All the fruit was hand-picked from our Sylvanus vineyard here in Bridgehampton on the South Fork, de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand in small one ton bins. The wine spent 12 months in hogsheads, puncheons and barriques made from old French and Slovenian oak. This Blau was bottled by gravity without fining or filtration on October 27th, 2014. Our 2013 Blaufrankisch Sylvanus Vineyard is a great match with venison, pork roasts, meatballs, duck, game birds, veal chops, hard mountain and washed rind cheeses as well as earthy grain and squash based dishes. This wine would also be a great choice for smoked bluefish and richer fish preparations. Our 2013 Sylvanus Vineyard Blau is quite youthful and will age in the bottle easily for at least five years! Irresistible now as well, it will benefit from decanting and large stemware! Enjoy...219 cases produced. 

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2013 L'Enfant Sauvage Chardonnay

A new vintage of L'Enfant Sauvage is always released with great excitement.  L'Enfant Sauvage is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes hand-harvested from our Brick Kiln and Sculpture Garden vineyards here in Bridgehampton. The grapes are gently whole cluster-pressed, the juice settled overnight and then all new French and Slovenian oak barrels are filled to the top. The ambient/wild/spontaneous (whatever you want to call them) yeast kick in and the wine ferments. The secondary malo-lactic fermentation also happens spontaneously and we leave the wine on its lees until blending and bottling. In the past L'Enfant has spent 13-14 months in oak....beginning with the 2008 and again in 2009 the wine spent 18 months in barrel; in the 2010 vintage our L'Enfant had 20 months to make those barrels home, the 2011 vintage spent 22 months, our 2012 release spent 20 months and this our 2013 spent 22 months in barrel! This way the wine has a chance to live through two winters in wood and as the Burgundians' say "then able to stand on its own two feet".  And the wine? Delicious, rich, elegant, satisfying, juicy, complex, Unique! The 2013 L'Enfant Sauvage is a beautiful clear gold color and possesses clean, youthful flavors and aromas of golden apples, lemon curd, pears, just baked brioche, pineapple, brown baking spices and salty minerals . The wine is dry, full bodied has balanced acidity and alcohol...and a long, complex, persistent finish. The aromas and flavors are fairly intense and long-lasting yet there is restraint, elegance and finesse enrobed in the rich, barrel-fermented style. The wine is just plain yummy and easily competes with the big names from California and Burgundy! One of the very rewarding aspects of L'Enfant is how approachable it is in its youth yet it really is a wine meant for 5-10 years of aging in bottle. It is thrilling to see the wine develop beautifully and still offer remarkable freshness, alivenessand potential for further development at six or eight or ten years of age. As always L'Enfant is a great match for lobster, scallops, truffles, roast chicken, goose, wild salmon, artic char and mushroom dishes. As we like to say, our L'Enfant Sauvage is a wine with a wild treble, a deep bass, a funky rhythm section, unforgettable melodies and beautiful harmony...don't miss the music! On August 7th, 2015 a scant 191 cases were bottled by gravity. 

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2015 Rosato di Cabernet Sauvignon – Mudd Vineyard

Grapes from some of the oldest vines planted (in 1975) on Long Island! Beautiful jewel-like, quite pale pink copper color…red currants, earth, herbs and flowers…Plump, delicious, balanced and persistent wine…wonderful fruit intensity, a clean, satisfying finish…Match with smoked fish and fare from the grill; beef, lamb, chicken, pork, BBQ, lobster, sausage, tuna, vegetables, and mushrooms as well as mildly spicy food, especially Mexican and Thai preparations. 588 cases made.

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2015 Rosato di Sculpture Garden – Sculpture Garden Vineyard

Our blended rosato; and not just a blend, but a field blend-where everything was planted, grown, picked, processed and fermented together. Light coppery pink hue…merlot based but with a wild edge including bramble fruit and spice emerging from the blaufrankisch and teroldego …red and black fruit, floral, herbs and spices…cleansing acidity, great balance, beautiful texture…persistent length, rich and light simultaneously… complex and structured…super versatile at table…from tomatoes Provencal to grilled ribeye to local bluefish. 163 cases made.

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2015 Rosato di Refosco – Home Farm Vineyard

Our Refosco is always a wonderfully surprising rosato... gorgeous ruby/pink color, sweet red and black fruit character, pronounced aromatics... rich, robust, exuberant and most importantly, fun! Crisp, balanced, DRY rosato... alpine wild strawberries (fraise des bois), ripe blackberries, black raspberries and other bramble fruit... SPICY... also floral, citrus and mineral notes... lengthy finish. Match this delicious pink wine with prosciutto and melon, charcuterie, fricos, fish salads or tacos, pastas, porchetta, poultry and grilled seafood. 203 cases made. 

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2015 Rosato di Merlot

Plump and jovial! An ode to versatility…light coppery, pale salmon pink color…alluring, playful, aromatic, and quite gulpable…raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, cherries, spice and minerals…persistent finish, great character and a wonderful zing….Beautiful texture…pair this wine with almost anything…tomatoes and mozzarella to hanger steak with chimichurri sauce or charcuterie. 1208 cases made. 

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2013 Meditazione

Meditazione is an exotic, delicious, non-traditional white skin-fermented blend initially inspired by the “Vino da Meditazione” wines in the Friuli region of Northeast Italy. Some now like to call this style of wine “orange” or “amber” due to their deeper golden, orange, amber hued tones the wines take on after contact with the skins of the white grapes. This is our TENTH vintage of this wine and we are thrilled that the following for our Meditazione by consumers, the press and sommeliers has soared. This is a style of wine that is ancient yet only relatively recently revived and touted and appreciated again in the wine world. Indeed the color of these wines are darker than other whites due to the skin maceration, ours has a beautiful rich, deep golden almost red inflected hue. Our 2013 Meditazione is comprised of 28% Pinot Grigio, 21% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Chardonnay, 15% Muscat Ottonel, 15% Tocai Friulano and 2% Pinot Bianco. All the fruit for our Meditazione was hand-harvested from our estate in Bridgehampton and the Research vineyard on the North Fork. The fruit was de-stemmed and the grapes were fermented together wild/ambiently on their skins for nineteen days in one ton open top fermenter bins. Raised in 57% new and 43% neutral French and Slovenian oak puncheons and a hogshead for 26 months; this is a textured, aromatic and delicious white wine that appeals to both the senses and the intellect. Our 2013 Meditazione is dry, medium bodied, on the low side of moderate alcohol (12%) and possesses juicy acidity. The flavors and aromas are exotic, concentrated, penetrating and complex. They remind one of chamomile tea, citrus and apple blossoms, fresh and dried apricots, pear skin, brown baking spices, white yellow and orange flowers, peaches, honey, caramel and dried mango. The fruit spectrum runs the gamut from herbal and citrus to tropical! This rich wine has sex appeal and a long persistent finish. The 2013 Meditazione is complex, full of deliciousness, long, lingering, sweet, savory, intoxicating, paradoxical, irresistible and still just a baby! Drink our 2013 Meditazione with game birds (squab, quail), pork belly, sausages, aged alpine cheeses and fish, poultry and pork dishes containing nuts, seeds or squash. It will also be excellent with veal Marsala and items with sherry sauces. Do not over chill this wine as it will mute the flavors and try thinking about it more in the context of a red wine (in fact pour it in a large glass) which will open a new universe to you. 228 cases were produced. 6 bottle max per customer. 

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2013 Tocai Friuliano Mudd West Vineyard

It is very exciting for us to be able to work with specific sites and see their imprint and expression upon individual varieties and blends. In 2005 we planted the Mudd West Vineyard with Steve Mudd in several varieties including Tocai Friulano. We are one of only a handful of producers of Tocai Friulano in the United States. We have made Tocai from our Sylvanus Vineyard in Bridgehampton since 2002 and thought it would be cool, interesting and delicious to make one from their site on the North Fork. The soils are a bit different with the North Fork site a bit drier and a degree or two warmer. Now we are proud to offer you the 2013 vintage of Tocai Friulano from the Mudd West Vineyard. This dry white wine was fermented in 75% old French and Slovenian oak barrels and 25% small stainless steel barrels and offers medium-plus intensity of aromas and flavors. There are white flowers, Meyer lemons, fresh green almonds, white peaches, apple skin, brown spices, minerals, white grapefruit and something reminiscent of an ocean breeze. The wine is medium-bodied and has moderate alcohol and balanced acidity. There is a lovely, lengthy, refreshingly tangy finish. As always, the fruit was hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed. The wine was bottled by gravity on October 16th, 2014. Match this long, pure, tasty wine with prosciutto, salami, porchetta, risi e bisi, fresh pea risotto or pasta, fava bean salads, fried fluke or fricos. Only 188 cases were made so do not wait! We recommend drinking this wine in the first two-three years after its release. 4 bottle max per customer.

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2015 Rosato Petillant Naturel - Mudd West Vineyard

A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Franc grown in the Mudd West vineyard in Hallockville. This wine possesses a beautiful ruby/pink jewel like color and playful soft red fruit that dances with the refreshing acidity. Just barely off dry and only 12% alcohol you can drink this sparkling wine all day with just about anything. 103 cases made. 6 bottle max per customer.

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