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.
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.
an esoteric multi-vintage white blend
2017 la severita di bruto
2016 The Sylphs
2017 the prince in his caves
2016 Gardens of Babylon
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!
2013 golgotha reserve
2013 the sylphs
2014 FTP Kirschenmann Ranch White Wine
2014 Michael Faraday
MIchael Mara Vineyard
Guman Vineyard White Wine
lost slough vineyard
Kirshenmann Ranch white wine
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.
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.
2015 blowout sparkling wine 3 pack
2015 blowout sparkling wine 6 pack
2015 blowout sparkling wine-- a full case!