Welcome to the scholium project

We are small. Our hands, our feet, our minds are in the wine. We make wine from vineyards that are distinguished sometimes by being ignored. Our wine often does not resemble other wines, but we are not renegades. We are students. Our projects are not always experiments-- sometimes we know what we are doing--but they are always acts of emulation, looking up at the work of others we admire.

We have just embarked on an amazing project: to create a winery in the middle of a city. With this new home. we will return winemaking to the banks of the Los Angeles River. 

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Wine






On the banks of the Los Angeles River: our Harvest Release

I speak proleptically and full of hope. We are going to bottle this wine in Napa, in late August, but if all goes well, we will be stomping on fruit at about the same time-- on the banks of the Los Angeles River. And then you will see very different images, blasted by the Southern California sun.

The wines are beacons of excellence. They are wines of sureness and accomplishment. And they mark the end of an era: the 2017 wines are the last wines we will have made at Tenbrink, after 10 years of residency there. These are the wines of the move, that mark end and new beginning.

We bottled by hand in March special blends of some of the wines. Others have never yet passed out of barrel. Each is very much its own wine-- older, more developed than the fresh and playful hand-bottled versions. The Rhododactylos, for instance, marks a new approach for us-- treating the wine more seriously, giving it the same aging as a substantial white wine. Other wines are simply excellent versions of wines that you already know-- the Sylphs, the Prince, Pergamos. Each is one of the best that we have ever made. There is not a weak or even strange wine in the bunch. A very classical release to make this momentous transition.


the move to the river the complete harvest release. 12 bottles - the scholium project

the move to the river
the complete harvest release. 12 bottles

$520.00 each
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the super-abundant move twice the complete harvest release! 24 bottles - the scholium project

the super-abundant move
twice the complete harvest release! 24 bottles

$900.00 each
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2017 FTPC-C kirschenmann ranch - the scholium project

2017 FTPC-C
kirschenmann ranch

$36.00 each
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2017 Rhododactylos bechtold ranch - the scholium project

2017 Rhododactylos
bechtold ranch

$36.00 each
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La Géante an esoteric multi-vintage white blend - the scholium project

La Géante
an esoteric multi-vintage white blend

$36.00 each
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2017 la severita di bruto farina vineyards - the scholium project

2017 la severita di bruto
farina vineyards

$36.00 each
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2016 The Sylphs guman vineyard - the scholium project

2016 The Sylphs
guman vineyard

$80.00 each
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2017 the prince in his caves farina vineyards - the scholium project

2017 the prince in his caves
farina vineyards

$50.00 each
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2017 FTP-Z kirschenmann ranch - the scholium project

2017 FTP-Z
kirschenmann ranch

$50.00 each
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2017 1MN bechtold ranch - the scholium project

2017 1MN
bechtold ranch

$50.00 each
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2016 Gardens of Babylon tenbrink vineyards - the scholium project

2016 Gardens of Babylon
tenbrink vineyards

$50.00 each
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2015 Babylon tenbrink vineyards - the scholium project

2015 Babylon
tenbrink vineyards

$80.00 each
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2016 Pergamos dick vanderkous solitude vineyard - the scholium project

2016 Pergamos
dick vanderkous solitude vineyard

$100.00 each
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the winery

I am a founder Crowdfunding Support for the New Scholium Winery in Los Angeles - the scholium project

I am a founder
Crowdfunding Support for the New Scholium Winery in Los Angeles

$2000.00 each
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I am a founder-- one half portion Crowdfunding Support for the New Scholium Winery in Los Angeles - the scholium project

I am a founder-- one half portion
Crowdfunding Support for the New Scholium Winery in Los Angeles

$1000.00 each
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fragments of the LIbrary of Babel

We have a small number of bottles scattered over a large number of wines sitting idle and unheralded at our shipper's warehouse. 41 different wines; 2 or 3 bottles of most, a couple cases of a few. They are stranded, left over from a hundred other offerings. You may rescue them here. To reward you for your magnanimity, we have slashed the prices radically on some, modestly on others, but they are all reduced. Please help us find them homes!

2014 FTP 2014 FTP Kirschenmann Ranch White Wine - the scholium project

2014 FTP
2014 FTP Kirschenmann Ranch White Wine

$24.00 each
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2014 Michael Faraday MIchael Mara Vineyard - the scholium project

2014 Michael Faraday
MIchael Mara Vineyard

$36.00 each
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2014 Sylphs
Guman Vineyard White Wine

$40.00 each
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2015 Blowout Sparking Wine
Sparkling White Wine

$20.00 each
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2015 FTP Kirshenmann Vineyard - the scholium project

2015 FTP
Kirshenmann Vineyard

$18.00 each
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2015 spear-din lost slough vineyard - the scholium project

2015 spear-din
lost slough vineyard

$20.00 each
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2016 FTPC Kirshenmann Ranch white wine - the scholium project

2016 FTPC
Kirshenmann Ranch white wine

$36.00 each
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tastings!








olive oils

We make a few gallons of superb and super fresh olive oil from the 20 or so varieties of olives planted and dry-farmed by the Tenbrinks around the winery.
The harvest was very late this year-- the 20th of November. The abundant late Spring rains encouraged the trees to set more fruit than they had in two years, and this beautiful crop brought ripening back from the breakneck pace we had seen in 2014 to 2016. The generally cool growing season slowed down ripening further, and the heat spikes caused no damage at all. We have about 30 gallons from two pressings; both of them based on fruit that is very green and fresh. Even at the second harvest, fewer than 1% of the olives had turned color. 
 
We have decided to focus on freshness in our oil-- on something analogous to the acidity and florality in Riesling. The result is once again oil even greener in color than any before, with explosive aromatics. There is no bitterness or unripeness. It is truly not like any other oil.

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Méthode Futuriste Sparkling Wines

We have accomplished the daring and difficult Futurist aim of forcing bubbles into still wine. Blowout is all about speed, anticipation, audacity: it is a Sparkling Wine bottled and released only months after harvest and fermentation. There is no patience in the making-- or consumption-- of Blowout.

The pure velocity of Blowout does not mean that it is made with any less care or thought than our other wines. Like our best wines, it hails from a single vineyard, one of the most celebrated: Lost Slough in the cool Sacramento River Delta. We harvested Lourreiro, Grüner, and Verdelho in August of 2015, pressed and fermented them together, and then, with all of the speed of Futurism, began bottling the wine in November. It is now ready, without any maturation and full of irrepressible energy, to delight you.
I regret that the Rose is sold out.