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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2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

100% Chardonnay
AVA: Sonoma Coast

Finally, the sister vintage to the wildly popular 2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot. This is the second wine we’ve been fortunate enough to acquire from the amazing team at Senses & they are rapidly becoming one of our favorite producers in Northern California. These few remaining bottles of the 2016 vintage which we were lucky enough to acquire are some of the last of their kind. The remaining allocation is split between our club and a featured spot on the wine list of the French Laundry. A big congratulations from us to the entire Senses team on the accomplishment (Not that we’re the least bit surprised.)

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2016 Paix Sur Terre “The Other One"

100% Morvedre
Vineyard: Glenrose

Winemaker Ryan Pease is on a mission to create unparalleled site-specific Mourvedre along with small lots of Grenache and Syrah. With grapes sourced from Glenrose, Alta Colina, Yankowski-Weeks, and Killer Grove. The fruit is always picked with freshness in mind to express a balance of mouthwatering, savory, and mineral qualities. Discovering Paix Sur Terre was one of the more pleasant surprises from our first official wine buying trip to Paso Robles. At the time, “The Other One” stood out as one of the more exceptional wines we encountered. Nearly a year later and this wine absolutely shines in the glass.

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2014 Palmina Dolcetto

100% Dolcetto
Vineyard: Walker & Honea

“Dolcetto” translates to “little sweet one” – not because it is a sweet wine (it is perfectly dry) but because it is so easy to work with—in the vineyard, in the cellar and in the glass. The 2014 vintage captures this varietal’s easygoing nature, with a brilliant ruby-red color in the glass, inviting a first sip. For those less familiar with Italian varietals, Dolcetto is bright and vibrant, similar in weight to your favorite Pinot Noir. While the varietal hails from the Piemonte region of northwest Italy, Palmina Wines is cultivating it here in the Santa Ynez Valley. Right in our proverbial back yard.