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 offer these wines with the new realization that we are beginning to achieve something, to produce some wines with enduring value-- even if that value is only within our narrowly circumscribed realm of vinous pleasure. You will see several wines that are now classics-- the Prince, 1MN-- and several wines of great merit and seriousness, even though it would be a silly exaggeration to push them onto the dais.
You will notice that we are offering you cases of individual wines for the first time. This is born out of our continuous desire to experiment, but also out the sense that as we begin to focus on the wines that are the foundation of what we do, you might wish to focus too. I will be so interested to see what you order.
All of the packages are priced at a discount from normal retail-- of course. A sign of our gratitude.
We will bottle these wines on September 8 and begin shipping them around the first of October, as soon as the heat breaks.
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.
We have decided to produce only one olive oil from our October 26 harvest of Tenbrink olives. Our experience over the last two years has taught us that as good as the normal, settled oil is, the one that we bottle in the Spring-- the oil that is the most amazing is the Olio Nuovo. More green, more fragrant, higher in acidity-- it is the Mosel Riesling of olive oils. We love it.
The Tenbrinks planted 20 different varieties of olives on the perimeter of the winery and the field opposite it. The trees are still young and bear lightly. We harvested nearly three times more fruit this year than in 2014-- from which we pressed about 60 gallons of oil. No Olio Nuovo is included in any of the packages; if you want it, you will have to order it here.
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.