Railsback Freres, Counoise 2021Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
The story of two brothers: even while still in high school, Eric was already collecting bottles of prized top dollar Burgundy and Chablis, hiding them under his bed when he started college. Lyle’s quest for knowledge landed him in Austria where he met one of his most important friends in the industry, sommelier Rajat Parr. After a decade of restaurant work, Eric returned to Santa Barbara to start his own project, Lieu Dit, inspired by the Loire. Older brother Lyle had also worn many hats in the industry, ultimately landing a job for one of the most esteemed importers Kermit Lynch, leading regional sales. After leading separate lives for some time, the brothers both felt a calling to merge their two paths, which is how Railsback Frères came to be born.
This Counoise comes from a single parcel in Santa Ynez Valley that’s wild with limestone and fossils. The cuttings of these vines actually come from the Beaucastel in Chateaneuf-du-Pape. After reaching out to several winemakers in Provence for their advice on growing Counoise, it was advised that Counoise is the grape of the future. In a world of ongoing climate change, the grape has natural acidity lending itself well to warm growing conditions. It’s floral and fresh, though structured and minerally, not unlike Cru Beaujolais. It spends ten months in neutral French oak.
Matthiasson, Rose 2021Regular price $34.00 Save $-34.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise
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 Rhone-inspired blend comes from two organic vineyards in Dunnigan Hills and Napa Valley. The fruit is grown exclusively for this rose and harvested early just as it would for a sparkling wine to retain all its glorious acidity. Everything about this wine is intentionally done in a fresh style which lends itself perfectly to all manner of spring vegetables and summer porch sipping.