2015 Brick Kiln Chardonnay – The Hamptons, AVA

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Restraint…Elegance…Finesse. These are the words that consistently spring to mind after smelling and tasting a new vintage of our Brick Kiln Chardonnay. Deliciousness and reflection of place are what we seek, and they continue to find a home in this graceful white wine. Crafted from 100% Chardonnay grapes that were hand-picked from our Brick Kiln Vineyard in Bridgehampton this beautiful white wine was whole cluster-pressed then barrel fermented and raised in (82%) old French barriques (228L) and (18%) stainless steel barrels for ten months. The resulting wine is light straw-colored with gold and green inflections and is bone dry, medium-bodied, possesses moderate alcohol and juicy, balanced acidity. There are gorgeous aromas and flavors of pears, golden apples, white flowers, nectarine, lemon curd, brown spice and a saline minerality. Very tasty now, this wine is tight and young; unfolding in the glass slowly and with complexity that suggests it will develop for three or four years and drink well for at least five or more. Match this wine with salmon, arctic char, lobster pasta, smoked trout, ham, roast chicken, mushroom risotto or winter squash. Our 2015 Brick Kiln has a long, round, juicy finish that is persistent with pleasure. It is wonderful to have a Chardonnay that offers richness, satisfaction and weight and which still offers a lightness of being and keeps you coming back for more. Our 2015 Brick Kiln was bottled by gravity on July 21st, 2016 and 288 cases were produced. 1 case limit per customer.

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2014 Sculpture Garden — The Hamptons, Long Island AVA

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This is the sixth year that our Sculpture Garden is grown and produced as a true field blend. This beautiful ruby red wine consists of 91% Merlot, 6% Teroldego and 3% Blaufränkisch. All the varieties were grown together in our Sculpture Garden Vineyard (the oldest on the South Fork, planted in 1982 & 1987), picked together and fermented wild/ambiently together. All the fruit was hand-harvested, de-stemmed but not crushed, stomped on by foot and punched down by hand. The wine went through a natural malo-lactic fermentation and was raised in older French oak barrels for 19 months. The wine was handled minimally (only racked once) and was bottled by gravity June 8th, 2016. The wine may throw sediment over time and we would recommend decanting after several years in the bottle. While delicious now this wine will improve wonderfully for six to eight years and drink well for a decade plus. Our 2014 Sculpture Garden smells of ripe red and black fruit and is awash in aromas and flavors of black raspberry, black plum, red & black cherry, purple flowers in addition to some smoke and cinnamon notes. There is an underlying and beautifully inviting herbaceousness as well as some earthy minerality and touch of bacon and brown spice in this seductive and complex red wine. The wine is dry and retains a medium body, moderate alcohol and balanced acidity. The wine reflects the warm 2014 growing season with ripe fruit coupled with juicy acidity, medium body and youthful tension which beautifully expresses our maritime climate with its savory rather than sweet palate, and elegance that is alluring. There is always a silky, smooth, supple quality to our Sculpture Garden and the great length is complemented by a textural, aromatic and flavor complexity, whose qualities truly improve with age! When feeling more formal pair this wine with Long Island duck, lamb chops or a prime rib roast and when you're in a more casual mood match with rich meaty pastas, burgers and grilled fatty fish. 238 cases produced. 8 bottle max per customer.

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2017 Rosato di Syrah - Mudd West Vineyard

Pretty, elegant, full and fine...juicy with balanced alcohol, ruby pink color...delicious red plum fruit, slate, spice, black raspberries, lilacs, violets, pepper and minerals...long and persistent...very versatile, goes with just about anything! Deceptively fleshy...Inviting and comforting. 338 cases made. 

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2017 Rosato di Refosco

Our Refosco is always a wonderfully surprising Rosato... gorgeous light pink salmon color, sweet wild red and black fruit character... sexy, exuberant and most importantly, fun! This is a mouthwatering, crisp, moderate alcohol, and dry Rosato... alpine wild strawberries (fraise des bois), ripe wild blackberries, black raspberries and other bramble fruit... SPICY... also floral, citrus and mineral notes... lengthy finish. Made from 75% Refosco and 25% Cabernet Franc. Match this delicious pink wine with prosciutto and melon, charcuterie, fricos, fish salads or tacos, pastas, porchetta, poultry and grilled seafood. Tiny production this year, only 107 cases made.  

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2017 Rosato di Merlot

Plump and jovial! An ode to versatility...ruby pink color...alluring, playful, aromatic, and quite gulpable...red raspberries, strawberries, red apple skin, red cherries, spice and minerals...persistent finish, great character and a wonderful zing....Beautiful texture, dry, moderate 12.5% alcohol...pair this wine with almost anything...tomatoes and mozzarella to hanger steak with chimichurri sauce or charcuterie.  Serious crowd pleaser! 1208 cases made.  

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2017 Rosato di Cabernet Sauvignon – Mudd Vineyard

Grapes from some of the oldest vines planted (in 1975) on Long Island! Beautiful jewel-like light pink salmony color...red currant, watermelon, raspberry, black cherry, black currant, spice and flowers...Plump, delicious, inviting, moderate alcohol, juicy 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. Gulpable and Smashable! 398 cases made. 

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2017 Rosato di Cabernet Franc

Crisp, medium-bodied, elegant...Coppery, very pale pink onion-skin hue...Light and ethereal...Beautiful floral notes, raspberry, watermelon, currant, saline minerality, green plum, light red fruit and citrus profile. ....great with raw bar, shellfish, local fluke and flounder, sushi, ceviches, fresh cheeses and fried foods. Moderate, balanced alcohol. Crushable. 1218 cases made.  

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2017 Rosso Fresco – Long Island AVA

A new vintage of Rosso Fresco is out and we are stoked!  So we open the bottle, pour a glass...swirl, sniff, taste...and jot down, "Fun, Fresh, Delish and darn good!" These are the first words out when writing the notes about our new 2017 vintage of Rosso Fresco and have been for years. Rosso Fresco is an easy-going red blend whose varieties and proportions change with each vintage. The 2017 version is comprised of 33% Dornfelder, 27% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 6% Refosco and 6% Petit Verdot. There are high-toned aromas and flavors of red cherry, red raspberry, red plum, red current, spice and earth  This dry red wine is medium bodied, has moderate (12%) alcohol, balanced acid, very soft, silky tannins and a juicy persistent finish. Rosso Fresco is a playful, full-flavored, fun, friendly red wine that pairs well with pastas and just about any fish, fowl or four-legged food you serve with it. The 2017 Rosso Fresco has a Long Island AVA and is made from hand-harvested grapes from both the North and the South forks... All the grapes were de-stemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand. Our 2017 Rosso Fresco was fermented wild/ambiently, was not fined and filtered once. The wine spent eight months in all older oak barrels before bottling. Our 2016 Rosso Fresco is a very versatile red wine and will bring you year-round pleasure. The wine was handled minimally and bottled by gravity. Enjoy our 2017 Rosso Fresco at cellar temperature over the next two to four years. We bottled 398 cases of this yummy wine. (The 2015 vintage of Rosso Fresco was recently featured by Eric Asimov in the New York Times list of 20 wines under $20.) 12 bottle max per customer.

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2014 Meditazione

Meditazione is an exotic, delicious, non-traditional skin-fermented white 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 deep golden, orange, amber hued tones the wines take on after contact with the skins of the white grapes. This is our ELEVENTH 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 2014 Meditazione is comprised of 36% Pinot Grigio, 21% Muscat Ottonel, 14% Chardonnay, 13% Tocai Friulano, 7% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Pinot Bianco and 4% Gewurztraminer. 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 29% stainless steel barrels, 10% new and 61% neutral French and Slovenian oak puncheons barrels and hogsheads for 23 months; this is a textured, aromatic and delicious white wine that appeals to both the senses and the intellect. Our 2014 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 to citrus to stone to tropical! This rich wine has sex appeal and a long persistent finish. The 2014 Meditazione is complex, full of deliciousness, long, lingering, sweet on the nose, savory on the palate, intoxicating, paradoxical, irresistible, and still just a baby! This wine ages effortlessly for a decade plus and we have rarely made this much that we can send out to our beloved Wine Club and still have more for you to cellar away! Drink our 2014 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) to releases the amazing aromas. 503 cases were produced. 6 bottle max per customer.

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2015 Tocai Friulano – Sylvanus Vineyard

We are excited to offer you the new vintage of our Tocai Friulano from our home farm in Bridgehampton from the Sylvanus Vineyard. We are one of just a couple of producers growing and making Tocai Friulano on the East End of Long Island (2 distinct vineyard-designated wines to boot!), and one of only a handful in the United States.  Our Sylvanus Vineyard Tocai was harvested by hand, whole cluster-pressed and fermented and raised in 62% stainless steel barrels and 38% older French and Slovenian oak for five months. This white grape is native to the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in Northeast Italy and our version offers wonderful aromas and flavors of green and yellow apples, white grapefruit, marcona almonds, minerals, talc, Asian pears and spice. Our Tocai is pale straw in color with gold/green reflections, the wine is bone dry and possesses a medium body, moderate alcohol, juicy acidity and great persistence on the long flavorful finish. Our Tocai has a great mouthfeel and manages the very gratifying textural paradox of a light, fresh, aromatic wine with a weighty, fleshy, fluidity that is just delightful. Our 2015 Tocai Friulano Sylvanus Vineyard was bottled by gravity on December 16th 2016, and enjoyed the benefits of some time in the bottle before release.  This is the quintessential prosciutto wine and also works well with other hams, salumi, fresh cheeses, fricos, pastas and risotto. Also white fleshed fish dishes and our local clams (in pasta, casino, baked, raw and on a pizza!) are a tasty match.  We hope you enjoy this delicious and unique white wine. 2 bottle max per customer (sorry we only produced 145 cases of this wine and it will be gone swiftly). 

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2017 Rosato Merlot Petillant Naturel

This is again quite an exciting release offering as our sparkling wines have quickly become quite dear to us and our members. Although these wines are limited, quantities continue to grow as we expand production every year. In fact this year we have made ten, yes 10, different pet-nats, so hopefully we will have them available throughout the year(the Gewurztraminer was already released in December), released a couple at a time as appropriate to the season. The wines we have produced are part of an ancient tradition and are made in a process known as "Methode Ancestrale" and the wines are often referred to as Petillant Naturel or Pet-Nat's. This is how it works...we hand harvest the grapes, whole cluster-press them and settle the juice. We started wild/ambient fermentations in small stainless steel tanks and watched the ferments very carefully until they were at their tail-end. Then we coarsely filtered the wine and bottled it (with no sulfur dioxide or stabilization) in sparkling wine bottles closed with a crown cap to contain the carbon dioxide being given off by the continuing fermentation in bottle, trapping the gas in solution and making the wine sparkling. The wines are also not disgorged like traditional method sparklers and Champagnes...so you will see some sediment in the bottle from yeast lees and tartrate crystals. This is part of the charm, rusticity and deliciousness of this style of wine.  Embrace the slightly cloudy nature when pouring out the end of the bottle...it is yummy (and arguably good for you), so bottoms up!

These wines are referred to as Petillant because sometimes there is a bit less pressure than in a bottle of Champagne. Ours contain just between 3-6 bar whereas Champagne and other sparkling wines have about six bar. We recommend you drink these Pet-Nat's very cold and suggest you drink them in larger white wine glasses as opposed to flutes to take advantage of their lovely primary aromas and delicately creamy mousse. We also suggest you drink these wines sooner than later. While they will develop beautifully and develop autolysis like Champagne from sitting on their lees, they are just too irresistible to not drink in their youth. Reminiscent of Prosecco and Moscato's and Champagne and Sparkling wines all at once our Pet-Nat's are delicious unique creatures that illicit tons of smiles and great pleasure.

While these really are just so good on their own, they are fantastic in cocktails and with so much food too. With the alcohol being quite moderate (8-12%) these also make fine companions at the Brunch and Lunch tables, you don't have to wait till the sun sets to crack these bottles. And don't forget the bottle opener...no need for a corkscrew with the crown cap closure! We really have had so much fun making and drinking (lots already) of these Pet-Nat's, so get what you can while they last and have as much fun as we are! Again we made TEN variations this year; four whites, five pinks and a red! Right now we are releasing the Rosato Merlot Pet-Nat so everyone can have a  pink, bubbly, festive, delicious and love filled (these bottles are bursting with LOVE) Valentine's Day!

 

2017 Rosato Merlot Petillant Naturel
100% Merlot

Gorgeous deep electric ruby pink color. Intoxicating aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry, plum and watermelon accompanied by our telltale minerality. Just a touch of sweetness, irresistibly delicious, great texture and balance as well as a lovingly luxurious feeling of bubbles. Super versatile and can go with just about anything. 10.5% alc. 220 cases produced. 1 case max per customer.

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2015 Sauvignon – Mudd West Vineyard

This is a delicious, distinctive Sauvignon Blanc for all seasons. This jewel-like white wine was created from 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Chardonnay grapes, hand-harvested from the Mudd West Vineyard on the North Fork. All the fruit was whole cluster-pressed and the juice and wine handled minimally throughout its life. The wine was barrel-fermented (with wild/ambient yeast) and raised in 33% new French and Slovenian oak barrels and 67% stainless steel barrels for fifteen months. This is a refined white wine offering medium body, moderate alcohol, juicy acidity and a long, persistent, tangy finish. There are aromas and flavors of apples, yellow peach, lemon curd, pears, lemon thyme and brown spice. There is a strong core of salty minerality and piercing stone fruit and tree fruit flavors in this silky textured yet precise white wine.  All in all this is an exciting, tasty, integrated and sexy Sauvignon that is just a pleasure to smell and taste. Deep, plush and polished (like a cross between a killer white Bordeaux and premier cru Burgundy)...Match this wine with all the local seafood, herbed pasta dishes, poultry, creamy cheese, smoked bluefish or salmon, trout or Arctic char as well as other fish dishes with green sauces like cress or sorrel or cream sauces.  Only 136 cases produced. 6 bottle max per customer.

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2015 Research Bianco

Our stable of skin-fermented white wines continues to grow with this addition of our 2015 Research Bianco. A partner in deliciousness to our Research Cab but fashioned from white fruit instead of red, this is our white scale version.  Our "Research Bianco" is a skin-fermented white wine blend in which the proportions and varieties change with each vintage. A good friend supplied the grapes from a "research" vineyard on the East End. All the grapes were grown together (a field blend), hand-picked, destemmed, crushed by foot and punched down by hand and shovel. Our 2015 Research Bianco is made from 36% Chardonnay, 17% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Albarino, 7% Auxerrois, 7% Verdejo, 6% Gruner Veltliner, 4% Viognier, 3% Aligote, 3% Tocai Friulano, 2% Semillon, 2% Pinot Grigio, 2% Malvasia, 2% Vermentino, 1% Arneis and 1% Muscat. Research Bianco was raised in one year-old hogsheads for eleven months.  It was fermented ambiently/wild with all the varieties co-fermented and spent nineteen days on its skins. Our 2015 Research Bianco is full of flavors and aromas reminiscent of poached pears, quince, and honey, butterscotch, brown spice, apple compote, burnt orange and golden raisins. The wine possesses medium body, juicy acidity and medium alcohol with pronounced aromatic intensity and long persistent length. There is something so heightened, so treble, so Freddy Mercury about this wine...in fact Queen would be great to pair with this skin-fermented white! Along with chicken sausages and charcuterie boards and hard aged cheeses and fondue and friends. This wine was bottled by gravity on September 9th 2016. 58 cases produced. 3 bottle max per customer.

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2015 Lagrein – Home Farm Vineyard, The Hamptons AVA

Long Island Lagrein...delicious, singular, expressive and downright super-cool! This is our sixth vintage bottled of our Lagrein as a red wine and we are thrilled with the results of our planting and we want more. Lagrein is a bit of an off-the-beaten-track variety for the East End as we are 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 2015 version has a deep purple almost opaque color with clean, super youthful, sexy aromas and flavors of blue and black fruit, like blueberries and black raspberries; along with black pepper and graphite, purple flowers (iris and violets), cocoa,  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 nine months in a single Slovenian oak hogshead. It stayed in barrel without movement until we racked and bottled the wine on July 8th, 2016. Only 31 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 so 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 roasted meats (pork and lamb!!). 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. 2 bottle max per customer.

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Over & Over-Variation 10 – Long Island AVA

This is a ridiculously fun, fascinating and delicious red wine! There are people in the world making red wines with a ripasso method and there are people in the world using a solera system of blending for some red wines but we know of no one, other than us, who have put both together to create a distinctive and tasty red wine. It all began with four barriques of 2004 Merlot that was taken out of barrel and re-passed over the fresh 2006 Merlot and Dornfelder fruit. The wine underwent another primary fermentation and was racked to barriques, hogsheads and puncheons where it underwent another malo-lactic fermentation. Half of the wine was taken and bottled after ten months in oak, and this was Variation One. The other half remained in barrel until the next harvest where it was re-passed over the 2007 Merlot, Syrah and Dornfelder fruit. It was all repeated and we bottled half as Variation Two. We did this again in the 2008 harvest and bottled Variation Three. This happened to Over and Over again in 2009 for Variation Four and again in the beautiful, warm, dry 2010 vintage for Variation Five. Took a year off and the wine spent the time in barrel during the 2011 vintage, then we re-passed the lot again over the 2012 vintage for Variation Six and again in 2013 for Variation Seven and again in 2014 for Variation Eight and again in 2015 for Variation Nine and yes again in 2016 for this Variation Ten!!!!!!!!!! This wine has undergone eleven primary and eleven malo-lactic fermentations and has in it memories of the 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 harvests. We WILL continue to do this over & over.

     Variation Ten is bright with dark fruit and there is a purity of red and black berry expression coupled with an integrated oak component this year that is remarkably sexy and alluring. Violets, black raspberries, black pepper, black cherries, red plums, prunes and brown baking spices are the primary descriptors that come to mind in this well-balanced, dry, medium-bodied and seamless red wine. This is the most pure and polished variation of this wine yet. Delicious, long complex flavors and textures fill one's mouth and mind. The finish is persistent and shows great complexity and intermingling of both the mature secondary characteristics and its youthful attributes. This is a wine that reflects the old and the new, the North and the South, the warm and the cool and provides us with something entirely different to experience and think about. Drink this musical wine with all manner of game birds, fatty fish, pork, veal, lamb, grains, mushrooms and root vegetables. Drink now and over the next decade. 204 cases produced. 6 bottle max per customer.

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2015 Vino Bianco – Long Island AVA

Our Vino Bianco is a delicious, symphonic white blend.  This wine celebrates both forks of the East End of Long Island and has since its first vintage in 2001. Likely the first "white blend" in the region it has inspired a slew of new blends from other producers creating a category in which the Long Island region excels. Our 2015 Vino Bianco is made from 36% Pinot Grigio, 26% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Tocai Friulano and 23% Chardonnay.  The wine is alive with aromas and flavors of citrus fruit, white flowers, green apples, lemon curd, white peaches, pears, spice and the Sea. The wine is juicy and texturally satisfying, succulent, complex, long and beguiling. We believe in blending because it can often create more complex, complete and ultimately delicious wines. This is demonstrated by the versatility of the wine at the table. Able to pair with shellfish and fish dishes as well as feel comfortable with poultry, veal (vitello tonnato) and even pork, our 2015 Vino Bianco offers a wealth of opportunities and tastes and textures. For this wine all the varieties were harvested and vinified separately and then blended together. The Sauvignon Blanc, Tocai, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio were all fermented and raised in a combo of stainless steel, new oak and older oak barrels and hogsheads.  The wine spent eleven months on its lees and 395 cases were bottled by gravity on September 14th, 2016.  This wine has benefited from some resting in the bottle and is absolutely delicious now and will drink wonderfully for another three to four years.

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2015 Dornfelder

Here is another very special, very small production wine made from a single varietal that we have not released before. Let us introduce this delicious bottling of our 2015 Dornfelder. 
Dornfelder is a black grape variety originating from a German crossing of two vinifera grapes called Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe. Dornfelder has great pigmentation, is juicy and aromatic. We have blended in a bit of Zweigelt (9%) (An Austrian variety grown in the research vineyard) and Pinot Noir (7%) for elegance, flavor and aromatic complexity. This wine was raised in older oak barrels for ten months and bottled by gravity. All the fruit was hand-harvested, de-stemmed, crushed by foot, punched down by hand and fermented with wild yeast. This is a darkly fruited, brambly, savory and delicious bottle of wine. Our 2015 Dornfelder is super youthful and will benefit from decanting (if drinking now) as well as another 4-5 years of time in the bottle. Match with fatty fish dishes, braised meat dishes, roast pork and wild boar pappardelle! 70 cases. 4 bottle max per customer.

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2015 Syrah — Mudd West Vineyard

We made a super small lot of pure Syrah in the 2015 vintage...just a couple barrels culled out from our Due Uve lot that we tasted and recognized something that would be fun to show on its own. So here is our 2015 Syrah from the Mudd West Vineyard. This wine is 100% Syrah fruit, as always hand-harvested grapes, stomped on by foot and punched down by hand. Fermented wild and bottled by gravity on July 10, 2016 after eight months in older oak. This is a sweetly fruited, blackberry and lilac-driven wine with a great savory quality and wonderful length. Bright, juicy acidity and moderate alcohol carry the flavors and aroma on and on. This wine will be awesome with roast chicken, steaks and chops, mushrooms and grains. While quite youthful now, our 2015 Syrah will continue to develop in the bottle for at least five years. Teeny-tiny production at just 49 cases so don't wait. 3 bottle max per customer.

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2015 Ribolla Gialla

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 likely Robola in Greece, this variety has been celebrated for hundreds of years. There is very little grown in the United States...with most of the bottling's 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 122 cases and this Ribolla has a great deal of charm and personality so it likely won't stick around. Our 2015 Ribolla is an aromatic and textural delight. Hand-harvested and fermented on its skins (for 15 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 2015 Ribolla Gialla spent about eleven months in older neutral oak barrels. This wine offers boundless opportunities at the table from local fish and shellfish to fall &winter 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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2017 Gewürztraminer Petillant Naturel

     In 2017 we did again, producing ten, yes 10, different and distinct and delicious pet-nats! We will again have them available throughout the year, released a couple at a time as appropriate to the season. The first release is a new one for us...our 2017 Gewürztraminer Petillant Naturel.         These wines we have produced are part of an ancient tradition and are made in a process known as "Methode Ancestrale" and the wines are often referred to as Petillant Naturel or Pet-Nat's. This is how it works...we hand harvest the grapes, whole-cluster press them and settle the juice. We started wild/ambient fermentations in small stainless steel tanks and watched the ferments very carefully until they were at their tail-end. Then we coarsely filtered the wine and bottled it (with no sulfur dioxide or stabilization) in sparkling wine bottles closed with a crown cap to contain the carbon dioxide being given off by the continuing fermentation in bottle, trapping the gas in solution and making the wine sparkling. The wines are also not disgorged like traditional method sparklers and Champagnes...so you will see some sediment in the bottle from yeast lees and tartrate crystals. This is part of the charm, rusticity and deliciousness of this style of wine.  Embrace the slightly cloudy nature when pouring out the end of the bottle...it is yummy (and arguably good for you), so bottoms up!
     These wines are referred to as Petillant because sometimes there is a bit less pressure than in a bottle of Champagne. Ours contain just between 3-6 bar whereas Champagne and other sparkling wines have about six bar.  We recommend you drink these Pet-Nat's very cold and suggest you drink them in larger white wine glasses as opposed to flutes to take advantage of their lovely primary aromas and delicately creamy mousse. We also suggest you drink these wines sooner than later (though we are finding these wines are aging very well). While they will develop beautifully and develop autolysis like Champagne from sitting on their lees, they are just too irresistible to not drink in their youth. Reminiscent of Prosecco and Moscato's and Champagne and Sparkling wines all at once, our Pet-Nat's are delicious unique creatures that illicit tons of smiles and great pleasure.
     While these really are just so good on their own, they are fantastic in cocktails and with so much food too. With the alcohol being quite moderate (8-12%) these also make fine companions at the Brunch and Lunch tables, you don't have to wait till the sun sets to crack these bottles. And don't forget the bottle opener...no need for a corkscrew with the crown cap closure! We really have had so much fun making and drinking (lots already) of these Pet-Nat's, so get what you can while they last and have as much fun as we are! Again we made TEN variations this year; four whites, five pinks and a red! Right now we are releasing the Gewürztraminer so everyone can have a bubbly, festive and delicious Holiday Season. 

2017 Gewürztraminer Petillant Naturel

100% Gewürztraminer
Light gold in color. Beautiful balance of bubbles, acidity and slight sweetness. Just dynamite flavors and aromas of peaches, pineapple and lychee as well as pears and salty minerals. Awesome on its own and a super match for anything fried, especially fish & chips. Great with slightly spicy Thai and Indian foods and flavors in addition to seasonal fresh cheeses and salads. Watch out --this wine goes down really, really easy! 11.5% alc. 76 cases produced. 4 bottle max per customer.

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