Clos Figueras, Font De La Figuera Priorat Blanco 2020Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Chenin Blanc
The year was 1997. A world-renowned winemaker had just shown Christopher Cannan and his wife, Charlotte, an abandoned vineyard just north of the Gratallops called “Figueres.” That same day, the entire Cannan family piled into their car and followed the winemaker, post-haste, to Barcelona. At a simple café, the Cannan’s purchased the 100-hectare estate. Initially, the terrain of the previously abandoned vineyards had to be prepared for planting. (A nearby grove of century-old olive trees needed to be re-worked as well.) Both undertakings were just the beginning of what would become the Cannan family’s quest. They traveled extensively in their spare time to work under some of the best winemakers in the world. Today, their combination of passion for the property and skill in the cellar sets these wines above the rest.
While Priorat might be known for its red wines, it certainly has just as much potential to put out many captivating white wines. This wine evokes the high altitude of Priorat and the Mediterranean climate found in Priorat. The Viognier undergoes a gentle maceration on its skins. The fermentation begins in both stainless steel and French oak, then ages in steel.
Gaja, Ca'Marcanda Toscana Vistamare 2020Regular price $65.00 Save $-65.00
Variety: Vermentino, Viognier, and Fiano
Gaja is still among the most famed winemakers of the world today. Started by Giovanni Gaja in 1859, their legend is still going strong five generations later. Though each new member of the family brought with them a sense of excellence and attention to detail, it was really Angelo who brought the family name into the international spotlight, turning heads and garnering a reputation for pushing winemaking to new heights. Most notably is the family’s decision to use barrique with their 1975 Barbaresco cuvee at a time when everyone was using large barrels for aging. Taking this a step further, he began bottling many of his Nebbiolo as single vineyards, and crucial steps were made in the vineyard to yield better fruit. Today, Angelo carries on their commitment to excellence through their projects in Barolo, Barbaresco, and Tuscany.
This is the only white wine produced by the Gaja family made at their Tuscan estate. “Vistamarie” refers to the panoramic view of the sea and the Tuscan coast. The grapes themselves take on the sea salt in the air and exude the Mediterranean sunshine found here. This is a super small production wine that shows Angelo Gaja’s perspective of what yields a truly well crafted white. The juice ferments separately in combination of steel, concrete, and various barrels, and ultimately, is blended together.
Matthiasson, Viognier Late Harvest Napa Valley 2015Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Steve Matthiasson is a California pioneer. Daring to break Napa tradition, Steve and his wife Jill have planted rare, ancient Italian grapes though recognize that Napa loves all the well-known international grapes. A Matthiasson tasting experience, laid out on the picnic table that separates their home from the winemaking operation (with their dog and at least one son stopping by!) shows instantly how the couple reveres the place they farm together. This is real California wine and Matthiasson’s wines are where California wine is headed. Steve Matthiasson is a six-time nominee for a James Beard award, a serious achievement in the wine industry. He has also been named “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. Steve and Jill are long time friends and mentors to Hart & Cru.
This is a one-of-a-kind bottling as it utilizes extra Viognier grapes from one of Steve's vineyard clients. The fruit was left to raisin on its own in the field, harvested, and fermented whole cluster by jumping up and down the fruit to let out enough juice to start a fermentation. When the fermentation stopped naturally, the grapes were pressed, and the juice aged naturally for 3 years. With no sulfite addtion, the juice was able to oxidize naturally, allowing a small amount of vinegar to develop, boosting the acidity. It was bottled unfiltered. Just 95 cases were produced; a Viognier Vin Santo.
Mixtape White, Amplify Wines 2020Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Viognier
Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team born and raised in Santa Barbara County. The exploration, and elevation of this growing region has been their life's work. They first bonded over a shared love for wine and music, and Amplify is a natural extension of this marriage between their two greatest passions. As winemakers, they seek to amplify the voice of site and enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. They believe in: native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum effective sulfur dioxide; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, enhancing and supporting the natural characteristics of a given place. They embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide our hand, with their creative spirit and palates as their primary tools.
The 2020 Mixtape White brings together Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Viognier. This vintage has a touch less sweetness than the previous. Mixtape is all about the winemaking and blending; half of the Chenin Blanc and all of the Riesling were fermented until dry. All of the fruit spent two hours on their skins to impart texture and more aromatics. It has substance and complexity. The fruit is organically farmed with no filtering or fining.