January 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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2017 Sans Liege “Côtes-du-Coast”

33% Viognier, 30% Roussanne, 27% Grenache Blanc, 10% Marsanne
Vineyards: Bien Nacido, Old Potrero, Alta Colina, Santa Barbara Highlands

According to Winemaker Curt Schalchlin, his label, Sans Liege, stands for a relentless search for independence. “Equally aligned with the freedoms of the New World and the heritage of the Rhône Valley”. Tending fruit in vineyards from Paso Robles down to Santa Barbara, Curt has had the opportunity to work some of the best growers across the central coast. Côtes-du-Coast is his homage to the iconic white blend of the Rhône valley. Check out one of his two tasting rooms in Paso Roble or Pismo Beach.

Winemaker  - Curt Schalchlin  Vintage  - 2017  Varietal  - 33% Viognier, 30% Roussanne, 27% Grenache Blanc, 10% Marsanne  Appellation  - Central Coast  Vineyards  - Bien Nacido, Old Potrero, Alta Colina, Santa Barbara Highlands  Case Production  - 525 cases  Alcohol  - 14.1%  Barrel Regimen  - 17 months on the lees in 13% new French barrique, 65% neutral French barrique, 22% stainless steel

Winemaker - Curt Schalchlin
Vintage - 2017
Varietal - 33% Viognier, 30% Roussanne, 27% Grenache Blanc, 10% Marsanne
Appellation - Central Coast
Vineyards - Bien Nacido, Old Potrero, Alta Colina, Santa Barbara Highlands
Case Production - 525 cases
Alcohol - 14.1%
Barrel Regimen - 17 months on the lees in 13% new French barrique, 65% neutral French barrique, 22% stainless steel

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2015 Folkway Merlot

100% Merlot
Vineyards: Bien Nacido (Santa Maria Valley AVA)

Created with honesty and integrity, Folkway Wine Co. captures the essence of the land.  Brothers Lino and Anthony Bozzano seek to capture the character of Santa Maria Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains in their unique expression of Bordeaux varietals. Their projects are full-bodied with rich tasting notes and a lingering finish. The 2015 Bien Nacido Merlot is no exception. Bien Nacido Vineyards has long been recognized by industry insiders as one of the premier vineyards in Santa Barbara County and as the say, “World-class wine comes from world-class grapes”.

Winemaker  - Lino & Anthony Bozzano  Vintage  - 2015  Varietal  - 100% Merlot  Appellation  - Santa Maria Valley  Vineyard  - Bien Nacido  Case Production  - 85  Alcohol  - 14.8%  Barrel Regimen  - 80% heavy-toast new french oak, 20% neutral french oak

Winemaker - Lino & Anthony Bozzano
Vintage - 2015
Varietal - 100% Merlot
Appellation - Santa Maria Valley
Vineyard - Bien Nacido
Case Production - 85
Alcohol - 14.8%
Barrel Regimen - 80% heavy-toast new french oak, 20% neutral french oak