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2014 Rosé Alors!

This is a special cuvée which wasn't really supposed to happen. We were offered some Counoise grapes shortly before harvest 2014, and I thought they might be a fun addition to our Jambalaia Rouge blend. We waited and waited for the Counoise to ripen, and at the end of harvest decided to just pick it. On September 29, the last day of harvest...

The grapes scored a “massive” 9% potential alcohol, and I somewhat reluctantly made the call to use the grapes for a special rosé. We pressed the fruit into several older, neutral 225l barrels, and let the ambient yeasts begin  fermentation. Later, I added a bit of our regular rosé (syrah and mourvedre) to fill the barrels up.

Since we now had a barrel-fermented rosé of some 11% alcohol (the added syrah and mourvedre bumped up the total alcohol), I thought it might be fun to let the wine age in those same barrels, on the lees, for 6 months. Then, when we bottled our “normal/tank aged” rosé bottling, we bottled the Counoise/barrel portion separately.

One of the issues I routinely face is having certain wines ready at certain times of the year. Rosé wines are unfortunately considered to be summer wines, although many rosés drink fabulously throughout the year (and into the next years!).  But making wine the way I do often means that fermentations are not complete by the time Spring rolls around.  Often, I felt I was rushing my rosé into the bottle.

To add to this, we had recently tasted through all of our past vintages of rosé and felt the wines were much better with a year of bottle age, and often even better at age 2 and 3!

So the decision was made to also age this special barrel-fermented-and-aged rosé for a full year in bottle before releasing it. Turns out that was a good call...

The wine is spicy on the nose and somewhat rounder on the palate than our usual rosé, and certainly more complex on release. Lots of strawberry-rhubarb flavors with a hint of citrus. If older vintages are any judge (and we go back to 2011 with our rosé program), this wine should continue to drink well for several years.  Use it like you would any food oriented rosé.

65 cases made. 11.1% alcohol. Screwtop closure.

$20 per bottle. A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok). Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.

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2015 Jambalaia Rouge

59% Mourvedre, 21% Marsanne, 15% Grenache and 5% Syrah. 

With this vintage of the Jambalaia I feel we have gained some finesse and are getting closer to the vineyard's identity. It often takes me a few years to figure out what a vineyard has to say, and this wonderful little plot of mourvedre, grenache and marsanne on volcanic loam soil is no different. It is just a matter of finding each grape variety's sweet spot for a particular site.  Sounds easy, yes, but once you add in vintage differences, crop loads, ripening curves...well, it does get a little complex.  Each year is unique, and it takes a bit of experience with a site in order to read the tea leaves, as it were.  But I think I am getting closer here.

The Grenache suffered from shatter this year, so yields were way down, but the Mourvedre seemed very happy. We added a touch of Syrah into the blend to make up for the lighter Grenache harvest.

Last year's vintage was a touch tannic for my tastes, at least for near-term drinking, but this year the emphasis is once again on juicy red and blue fruit, mouthwatering acidity, and a touch of tannic backbone.  The wine is absolutely delicious now, and should continue to drink well for several years. We like to serve it with grilled meats and vegetables, and any foods with a bit of spice / heat.  Like a jambalaya!  And don't forget it drinks really nicely with a slight chill, especially on a hot day.

500 cases made.  11.7% alcohol. Screwtop closure.

$20 per bottle. A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok). Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.

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2014 Priscilla

"Are you lonely tonight?" Our 2014 Elvis was, so we made him a Priscilla...

When the King Fire disrupted our harvest plans in late 2014, we had already picked half of our Josephine+Mariposa blend.  We were feeling pretty good about that wine, too, as we had managed to get some of the small plot of Cinsault which grows in that vineyard to go along with our Grenache. 

A co-ferment of Grenache and Cinsault is a wonderful thing to smell. Quite lovely.

Then the King Fire struck, and we were unable to harvest the rest of the grapes for the Josephine+Mariposa blend.  We were left with a Josephine, but no Mariposa, so to speak.

We were a little upset, for a while, but then the beauty of this Grenache / Cinsault blend began to shine.  And our Priscilla was born.

84% Grenache and 16% Cinsault grown on yellow slate soils, whole cluster ambient yeast fermented for 5 days on the skins and aged entirely in Flextank for 16 months, without racking. A small amount (15ppm) of sulfites were added at bottling.

The wine shows wonderful floral aromas, a touch of lavender, and bright red fruits. Medium bodied, with just enough acid and tannin grip, and a long finish with those great mineral notes that Grenache shows so nicely when grown on rock.

A great companion to our more robust and darker-toned Elvis release.  A ying to Elvis' yang.

206 cases made.  14.4% alcohol. Screwtop closure.

$24 per bottle. A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok). Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.

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2014 Piedi Grandi

The return of one of our favorites, and probably the second most subversive wine we make (the first has to be the FNA mash-up of northern and southern Italy).

Because the Nebbiolo crop was down slightly, this time the Mourvedre component slightly out paces the Nebbiolo by a 52% to 48% margin. But the Nebbiolo shines through with all of its racy acidity and bold flavors.  Full of tar and roses and spice and mouthwatering acidity.

The Piedi Grandi is delicious now, but past vintages have shown that it can age wonderfully, gaining in spice and aromatic complexity.

This field blend wine was harvested in two passes and blended after pressing. Left without racking for 16 months in Flextanks, and bottled with a mere 15ppm of sulfites.

153 cases made.  13.8% alcohol. Screwtop closure.

$27 per bottle. A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok). Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.

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2014 Syrah “sumu kaw”

We are fortunate to work with several amazing vineyard sites.  The Sumu Kaw Vineyard continues to impress us with the characterful wines we produce from there.  Something in the combination of altitude (3000'), exposure (ridgetop), soil type (volcanic loam), local climate (pine forest) and farming (expertly handled by the vineyard owners Sheila and David Bush) just adds up to some crazy-good wines.

We picked the 2014 vintage in two passes in September at an average of 23 brix.  The fermentations were in open top vats, 100% foot crushed whole clusters, and with no added anything.  We pressed off the skins after 10 days for both lots, directly into Flextanks and 600l puncheons.  The wine was racked once in late summer 2015 to tanks, and then bottled unfiltered from those same tanks in December 2015.  We added 10ppm sulfites at bottling.

The final wine has wonderfully balanced acidity, and the aromas and flavors are classic Sumu Kaw: smoke, meat, herbs. It is quite savory on the palate. Drink now with plenty of time in a decanter (or just do what we do – let the wine unravel a bit in your glass).  This wine in this vintage reminds me a bit of the 2008s, so it should age quite effortlessly for the next 10 years or so.

349 cases bottled.  Screwcap closure.  14.3% alcohol by volume.

$26 per bottle. A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok). Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.

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CA: Cleanskins Wine LLC / Amy Atwood


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