Piedra Sassi, Syrah Patterson & Casa Cassara, Sta. Rita Hills 2018Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Sashi Moorman has been making Syrah in the Central Coast for about two decades. Among the talent pool in modern California winemaking, Sashi is squarely at the forefront. With Piedrasassi, one of his several West Coast winemaking projects, Syrah done in a rather Old World style is his medium. Along with Syrah, Piedrasassi also creates bread on site, an ode to the agricultural traditions of the region. Together, bread and wine represent the sacred symbols of both culture and religion while clearly making for a pairing almost as old as time. Sashi operates the Piedrasassi with Melissa, and her daughter, Juliet, who make the bread and tie the entity together.
Younger vines from practicing organic Patterson & Casa Cassara vineyards give this wine an approachable, fruity forwardness. But by no means does it lack the syrah standard notes of black olive and meaty smoke. Prime in its youth and ready for any occasion.
Terratorium, Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, 2020Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
Variety: Pinot Noir (plus less than 2% Nebbiolo and Malbec)
Terratorium is a mindset of people and places joining forces. It all started with the Inside Winemaking Podcast that united three winemakers together, Cincinnati native Ben Matthews, Jim Duane and Cameron Laurent. After a winemaking seminar and a couple harvest gigs in Napa Valley, the friendship cemented a winery project based in central California in 2018. Terratorium comes from the word “terroir” which denotes the French way of saying “a sense of place.” The value of their wines is insane as they are direct to consumer. Cinci local Ben Matthews studied abroad in Germany as an undergrad political science major and discovered a love for Riesling which is where he caught the wine bug.
Santa Rita Hills is ideal for varieties like Pinot Noir due to its cool climate location. The fruit comes from Drum Canyon Vineyard planted in 2003. This site is a special one as current growers—Dierberg Vineyards—have committed to farming it and keeping the site for generations to come. Aging takes place over 17 months.