Tenuta Di Carleone, Toscana Il Randagio 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc and Merlot
Tenuta Carleone di Castiglioni was first mentioned in the year 1078 when monks first founded it in Chianti, named for the village of Castiglioni meaning “small castle.” The property is a romantic vision of wooded hills, rivers, and fertile plains. Nestled in between the hills are the Sangiovese vines and olive trees. Though the property was farmed for hundreds of years, it did not become the winery of Tenuta di Carleone until 2012. Karl Egger and Sean O’Callaghan both operate the winery with a clear vision, making Sangiovese in a classic way, though with Sean’s twist.
Randagio is a word for stray, paying homage to a smaller one-eyed version of Sean “Il Guercio” O’Callaghan in the form of a little guercino seen on this label. This is the same winemaking as Carleone’s other bottle, “Guercio,” but the blend gets a small dose of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. There are whole bunches in this wine and cement tanks used; no barrels here.
Ashes & Diamonds, Grand Vin #2 2015Regular price $110.00 Save $-110.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
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.
Grand Vin #2 comes from the A&D Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa. A&D is a Bordeaux style blend of the classic Merlot and Cabernet Franc in a seamless marriage of freshness, fruit and minerality. It is aged for 20 months in 35% new French oak barrels and bottled below 14% alcohol, which is almost unheard of these days in California red wines.