Ashes & Diamonds, Blanc #3 2017Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
At first glance, “Ashes and Diamonds” only brushes the surface of what the winery truly represents. The story—or journey rather—begins in the autumn of 2013 when Kashy Khaledi (son of winemaker Darioush Khaledi) was a creative media executive at Capitol Records, the “ideal job.” In the midst of a lengthy creative stump, Khaledi would often turn to old films for inspiration. He found one that shifted the course of his life—the 50s Polish film Ashes and Diamonds. A dream started to take shape; Khaledi threw himself into researching the viticulture and enology that shaped California’s wine culture. His quest for joint ventures began; he teamed up with Steve Matthiasson and Diana Snowden, farming vineyards in Napa Valley in the pursuit of balanced wine.
Chateau Ducasse, Bordeaux Blanc 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle
Meeting owner and winemaker Hervé Dubourdieu is almost like meeting a surgeon. Dressed to perfection and walking with confidence, his estate is located in the southern end of the famed Bordeaux wine region in Haut Barsac, famous for white wine, and more famous for dessert wine made from the noble mold, botrytis. I remember walking around the winery and feeling that if I put on a white glove I would not find a spec of dust, left alone dirt, anywhere in the winery. This cleanliness shows up in the wines. Always pristine and focused, the aromatics are fresh and the palate clean. The dessert wines produced here are what many of the estates in Barsac and neighboring village of Sauternes focus on. When a vineyard does not obtain the noble rot and the airflow is just too much to create the famous mold, it is still perfect to produce dry, fresh white wine blended with Sémillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc. No oak is used in the winemaking, and flavors of citrus and grass come through. Due to the river emptying into the Atlantic and the humid air blowing inland down into the vineyards, the wines are incredible with light seafood salads or simple preparations that highlight lemon.
Chateau Marjosse, Bordeaux Blanc 2017Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle
Though the history of Château Marjosse is an extensive one, the story of winemaker Pierre Lurton begins in 1991. Pierre learned winemaking from his father Dominic, winemaker at the neighboring Chateau Reynier. At a young age, he was seriously ambitious, renting parcels of Marjosse from a retired French general. For his first vintage, he vinified everything by hand with almost no help. The following year, he managed the prestigious Cheval Blanc, continuing to manage his own property during off hours. The frost of 1991 lost him his entire crop, yet he took some loans and moved forward. Even though career beginnings were humble, his ardent winemaking journey has encompassed new roles—he is now CEO of Chateau d’Yquem and managing director for Cheval Blanc. The wines of Chateau Marjosse are a lense into Pierre’s grand capabilities.
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Le Petit Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2018Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte wines are held in high esteem, recognized as one of the prime estates in the appellation of Pessac-Leognan. Unlike many great vineyards of Bordeaux, Smith Haut Lafitte is in one large block of vines, which is then subdivided into 140 smaller parcels. All work in the vineyard is organic and sustainable, with much of the property also farmed biodynamically.
Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2010Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Variety: Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc
bottle size: 375ml
Château Suiduirat is one of the original Premier Cru chateaux of Bordeaux from the 1855 classification, but the estate’s name of Suduiraut dates back to the year 1580. The chateau was even planted to luxurious gardens planted by Le Nôtre, the gardener to King Louis XVI. The neighboring Barsac region and Sauternes have an extensive history of grape growing dating back to Roman times. Dutch merchants flourished here during the 17th century when they vinified sweet wines without the use of noble rot. In the early 18th century, the practice of harvesting late-ripened grapes began.
Here on the left bank of Bordeaux is the wine-growing region of Graves; within Graves lies the special appellation of Sauternes. It sits on the banks of the Ciron river, near the neighboring Garonne river, both tributaries of the great Gironde river that flows inland from the Atlantic. These rivers create its unique microclimate yielding cool morning fog and sunny warmth later in the day. These factors work together in creating the unique noble rot, or botrytis, that happens to grapes that grow here. Coupled with the prominent gravel-rich soils for which Graves is named for, you’ll have a complex, rich wine worthy of age. Harvest is a laborious process; trips to the vineyard to pick the botrytized grapes extends from late September to early November. The Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blend goes into barrels for 20 months; 50% of the barrels are new, the other 50% have been used just once. This wine will age for a lengthy time. Serve with fruit-based desserts or with fine cheeses.
Subliminal, White Wine Santa Ynez Valley 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon
This wine is the product of a unique partnership of two winemaking families: the Parientes (Nomadic Distribution) and the Porters (Amplify Wines). LA-based Nomadic Distribution launched in 2011 with the aim of exploring and sharing artisanal wines from interesting regions around the world. Amplify’s Cameron and Marlen Porter are from Santa Barbara. Their philosophy is to “amplify the voice of site” and “embrace happy accidents.”
Amplify’s Subliminal White has alot to say. After the Porters toyed with the idea of a counterpart to their Subliminal Red, they seized the opportunity to make a Bordeaux-style blanc. Coming from a single vineyard in Santa Ynez of 41-year-old vines, the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are grown together there. From here, this wine becomes centered on its winemaking. The Sauvignon Blanc, known for being acidic and citrus-forward, undergoes malolactic fermentation to bring out its richer textures and aromatics. The Semillon variety is harvested earlier to retain its underripe tones and mineral intensity, bringing balance to the blend. The wine is aged for nine months in neutral wood. It’s a special ode to producers of Sancerre and Bordeaux, but unmistakably amplifies the voice of southern California.