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.
We will not bottle again until we move and resettle in Los Angeles-- except for this minute bottling of 98 bottles of each wine, just for the mailing list!
The next full-scale bottling will take place in June or July.
Hand-bottling Tasting at the Loft
Sunday February 18 at 5 pm
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.
We offer free shipping on2 or more bottles.
It is crazy and I am amazed: We put about 100 bottles up for sale on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and these are all that are left! They are not orphans-- some are very special. The Camilla is also a remarkable bargain.
I have placed the especially delicious bottles first.
We will ship once a week during the holiday season: Mondays:
and Wednesday 12/27 for overnight delivery on the 29th.
If you need overnight or expedited delivery, please choose it at checkout and-- for added security-- please also make a note of your needs during checkout.
2011 the sylphs Magnum
2012 riquewihr 3000ml
lost slough vineyard -
2013 dulcissima camilla 3000 ml
2013 dulcissima camilla 1500 ml
2011 michael faraday in 3000 ml
matthiasson family vineyards
2013 rhododactylos in 3L
2010 riquewihr 3 liter
lost slough vineyard
2010 midan al-tahrir in magnum
7 components from 6 vineyards
We have begun our daily visits to the vineyards. We are bringing in fruit. It is the time of fullness-- the grapes are round and taught, they have reached their full size and now all is about ripening. It is also finally a time of fullness in the midst of a drought of many years: there was a deluge of Spring rains, so much and so late that we worried that it might be too much-- but no, the soils absorbed everything and shed the excess. The vines all over Northern California have never looked so healthy; the fruit is abundant but also moderate in size. It is a special time in a special year.
At the same time that we now frequent the vineyards, we are also bringing wines out of the winery and into your hands. We bottled on August 25th, and as soon as the heat breask, we can begin shipping them.We have hit new heights with two wines, both red-- 1MN and the FTPZ. 1MN is ethereal and powerful at once; we have never made a wine like it. FTPZ shows the restrained magnificence that Zinfandel is capable of. The 2016 Prince is also at the acme of a distinguished line: like the 1MN, it is amazingly light and graceful, more than any other vintage-- yet it remains somehow a fierce wine, unmistakable.For the first time in years, we are encouraging you to put together your own selections of wines. We still offer compound packages of all of the wines at a discount, but you may once again put together collections of whatever you want. A case of The Prince only? Why not? Only light bodied red wines from old vines in Lodi? Help yourself. There are many reasons that we embrace now this: one reason is that we have brought more discipline to our winemaking. You will notice that there are not twelve wines in this release, but seven. Six of them are pillars. In every way, we get better at what we do. Take home what you like.
By the way, we will offer you discounts and reduced shipping on case orders; I just could not figure out how to build it into the shopping cart. We will look at every order and make sure you are rewarded.
lost slough vineyard
2016 pergamos blanc
dick vanderkous solitude vineyard
The DC lecture: Spoilage and Passion
At Dio, October 2, 6:00 PM
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.
This is a selection of individual bottles, made available somewhat on the sly, and only for a little while. Thank you so much for going to the trouble to look for them.