December Winemaker Spotlight

Interested in learning more about this months shipment? You've come to the right place! Each month, our Winemaker Spotlight highlights the 3 new and exciting producers you'll find in your WINECULT shipment. Their stories, photos, tasting notes and fun anecdotes are captured here, so you can learn a little more about the diverse collection of farmers, artisans and mad scientists that make up the California wine industry. 

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Alban 2015 Estate Syrah “Patrina”


100% Syrah
Vineyards: Alban (Edna Valley AVA)

Winemaker John Alban of Alban Vineyards is all about producing wines that represent the terroir. His entire farming philosophy is founded upon doing the most to maintain all that is special about these vineyard blocks. No where is this more clear than in his 2015 Estate Syrah. John Alban is possibly best known for owning the first American winery designed exclusively for Rhone Varieties. John Single handedly doubled the worlds Viognier on his estate in Edna Valley, using cuttings that he brought back from some friends in the Rhone region of France. John was the founder of Hospice Du Rhone and his farm is sustainable using Sheep, Solar, and sustainable practices. 

Winemaker - John Alban
Vintage - 2015
Varietal - 100% Syrah
Appellation - Edna Valley
Vineyards - Alban Vineyards
Case Production - 600
Alcohol - 15.4%
Barrel Regimen - 28 months in 50% New French Oak

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Field Recordings 2017 Blanc De Franc Sparkling

100% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: Rancho Maddalena Miguel (Paso Robles AVA)

Hello sparkling wine! Just in time for New Years. This Pet Nat (Pétillant Natural) of Cab Franc is the perfect bottle to POP for the holidays. The creation of this wine was all about timing, with only three weeks from harvest to bottle with no sulfur (Like all good natural wines) and all native yeast. Wine Maker Andrew Jones’ wines are a catalog of single vineyard sites that produces wines with a sense of place and personality. For natural wine lovers, this sparkling wine is everything you could ask for with notes of green strawberry and Asian pear. I’m excited to say, we’ll be toasting the New Year with this bottle!

  Winemaker  - Andrew Jones  Vintage  - 2017  Varietal  - 100% Cab Franc  Appellation  - El Pomar District AVA in Paso Robles  Vineyard  - Rancho Maddalena Miguel  Alcohol  - 11.1%  Barrel Regimen  - 3 weeks from harvest to bottle. No sulfur added. Native yeast. This wine never ages in barrel, the juice is bottled during primary fermentation so carbonation can occur, making those juicy bubbles! It then continued to age for a couple of months in bottle before it was released.

Winemaker - Andrew Jones
Vintage - 2017
Varietal - 100% Cab Franc
Appellation - El Pomar District AVA in Paso Robles
Vineyard - Rancho Maddalena Miguel
Alcohol - 11.1%
Barrel Regimen - 3 weeks from harvest to bottle. No sulfur added. Native yeast. This wine never ages in barrel, the juice is bottled during primary fermentation so carbonation can occur, making those juicy bubbles! It then continued to age for a couple of months in bottle before it was released.