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los Chuchaquis - 'Bandido' - Negrette - San Benito County, CA - 2020
los Chuchaquis - 'Bandido' - Negrette - San Benito County, CA - 2020
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los Chuchaquis - 'Bandido' - Negrette - San Benito County, CA - 2020

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Negrette, Cabernet Pfeffer, Zinfandel, Albariño...
This is a singular wine. Primarily Negrette, one of the rarest grapes grown in California, and Cabernet Pfeffer (even rarer, and nearly extinct world-wide). This wine is deep, juicy, lightly floral, a lot savory, and simply smashable.
It's like negrette from SW France, only way more sporty, sunshiney, and fruity. You are going to freak.
Give it a slight chill and get prepare for a thrill.


"This wine is a blend of a few different varieties primarily sourced from San Benito County with the rare variety Negrette playing the leading role. Negrette is a dark and inky variety that’s also quite floral making it a versatile grape suitable for an abundance of blending opportunities. This blend is made up of 82% Negrette all sourced from the Siletto Vineyard in San Benito County, along with 6% Cabernet Pfeffer (another rare San Benito heirloom grape) with another 6% each of Zinfandel from the old Wirz Vineyard (about 3 miles as the crow flies from Siletto) and Albariño from the C5 vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County. The grapes were picked by hand. At the winery the grapes were given 21 days of whole cluster maceration in redwood to extract tannins, aroma, and flavor compounds in the skins via once daily pumpovers. After pressing and settling, the wine was racked into old barrels for 10 months elevage on fine lees. Racked and blended to tank a month prior to bottling.  Bottled August 14th, 2021. 380 cases produced."

-Ryan Stirm

It's our belief that authentic wine is a direct reflection of the specific patch of earth it comes from. This ethos drives us to work with the most unique and rugged vineyards found on the central coast. These special sites have a story to tell unlike any other. We have two simple goals that direct every operation above all else: to present the narrative of the growing season in a delicious and transparent format, and to craft a wine with a strong foundation intended to age for decades. The fundamentals that we follow are old-school; we work with the seasons. We spend the majority of our time working in the vineyards, with our harvest season spent between monitoring natural fermentations to picking grapes and the overtime hours dedicated to fixing broken gear. Every year is unique, so the vineyard and cellar practices evolve annually to adapt to the changes each season brings forth. These simple methods require thoughtful, timely decision making, detailed work, and the patience to allow the wine to evolve at its own pace. The results are singular, authentic wines that represent a region, a site, and are a piece of living California history.
-Ryan Stirm

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