Iruai, 'Tierra Extrana' Cabernet Franc 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Chad Hinds started out as a chef, entering the world of work during the great recession of 2008-09. As a diversifying strategy, he started learning more about wine, then quickly aligned his thinking around the connections between natural food and wine. Chad finished a degree in enology before deciding in 2013 to create a winery, which he calls Methode Sauvage (“wild method”), initially focusing on finding a voice for Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc because he loves the grapes of the Loire Valley. As Chad’s interests and capabilities have grown, so has the range of wines he is producing as a sort of wunderkind of natural wines. In true gypsy form, the winery has taken on a new name, which is now the identity of Iruai.
Tierra Extraña means “strange land” and refers to the visiting Cabernet Franc which would usually feel at home in its native France. The wine is sourced from several cooler coastal sites, unusual for California as it is usually producing bigger fruiter wines.
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.