Chateau d'Aqueria, Tavel Rose 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Domaine Lafond, Tavel Rose 2020Regular price $22.00 Save $-22.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Clairette, Picpoul, and Bourboulenc
Multiple generations of Lafond winemakers date back to 1780. The family forms much of the current identity of the appellation of Tavel. In addition to their rose production, the family also produces Cote-du-Rhone, Lirac, and Chateauneuf du Pape. Not only are the wines among the region’s best, but the value is hard to beat. Their farming is certified organic. Says microbiologist Lydia Bourguignon, "Wine is like a concert: The land is the score, the vine is the instrument and the winegrower is the musician.”
Tavel is the only appellation in France to focus solely on rosé production. The blend is classic southern Rhone style with Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah coming together from organic vines over 40 years in age. The wine ages in both stainless steel and large used barrels.
Railsback Freres, Clairette Blanche 2020Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Clairette Blanche
The story of two brothers: even while still in high school, Eric was already collecting bottles of prized top dollar Burgundy and Chablis, hiding them under his bed when he started college. Lyle’s quest for knowledge landed him in Austria where he met one of his most important friends in the industry, sommelier Rajat Parr. After a decade of restaurant work, Eric returned to Santa Barbara to start his own project, Lieu Dit, inspired by the Loire. Older brother Lyle had also worn many hats in the industry, ultimately landing a job for one of the most esteemed importers Kermit Lynch, leading regional sales. After leading separate lives for some time, the brothers both felt a calling to merge their two paths, which is how Railsback Frères came to be born.
Inspired by the seaside village of Cassis in Provence, this Clairette Blanche takes on a completely waxy, saline and minerally tone. The fruit comes from Nolan Ranch in Santa Ynez. The ageing process is very similar to the Provencal style: wild yeast fermentation and a lengthy time spent in neutral oak.