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Two if by Sea

There are plenty of quaffable wines out there. Wines that promise little, wines that are interchangeable. There is certainly a place for wines like these. SPOILER ALERT: The two Santa Cruz Mountains wines in this release do not fit this billing.

Just south of the town of Santa Cruz is the foggy, coniferous hamlet Aptos-Corralitos. It's technically in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA but has very little in common with the vineyards the AVA is known for. It is down in the fog rather than above it, on sandy soils rather than shale, and fruit ripens in dappled sunlight rather than under direct sunshine. The 2017 La Marisma Chardonnay and Saveria Pinot Noir announce their place of origin in a way that can be affirming for lovers of terroir. We drink them rapturously. 

La Marisma Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains
The 2017 vintage marks our 6th year at La Marisma Vineyard. Each year has been marked, sometimes profoundly so, by the weather. This is a "high-pressure zone," sitting just 4 miles from the cold Monterey Bay. There are issues at flowering, long spells of dewy mornings and shady afternoons, botrytis, and sometimes a race just to get the fruit ripe. So why go through all the hassle? Well, as is often the case with wines grown in difficult places-- the proof is in the pudding. 

All of the record heat that challenged us in Sonoma County barely registered in Aptos-Corralitos. On the 100+ degree days in Healdsburg, Aptos just made it to 80. It's conventional wisdom that the colder growing regions truly shine in the warm years. And 2017 was a special year down in Santa Cruz. This "La Ma" is a sexy beast with a wild bouquet of key lime, lemongrass, white miso, and piña rinds. It is flavor-dense too with passionfruit, just-ripe stone fruit, white tea, and savory lemon curd...but has its signature blade of ocean-born acidity to keep you coming back for more. And there is always a saline note in the wine. Saline for daaaays. Oysters anyone...?
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Pinot Noir
Saveria Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains
Similar math here. Cool zone, warm year. Everything in its right place.

Our viticulturist Prudy Foxx (the Vine Whisperer) has patiently trained this wily vineyard into submission. Her work there has been rewarded—as the wines coming from its prized calcareous soils regularly garner 95+ point scores from notable critics. As a result, Prudy tells me she is now fielding several calls per week from other wineries who wish to purchase fruit there. Not a chance.

The 2017 Saveria is flat out intoxicating—like an elixir made from fermented red rose petals, coastal berries, and crushed seashells. Antonio Galloni once smelled it and likened it to La Tâche. It is mineral-driven to be sure, but also characteristically leafy, cool, and coastal. The hue of the wine is also notable--a translucent garnet that looks photoshopped. At 12.8% abv, we like to chill it slightly and savor it alongside fatty pieces of wild salmon. The wine finds another gear on Day 2.

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From goodness to greatness,

Matt & Sara
125 Matheson St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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