Seven Percent is the movement celebrating and perpetuating varietal diversity in California. The lineup of winemakers and growers we work with are top of their class, making some of the most interesting and sought-after wines in the US, working with grapes very familiar in the Old World but new to California, perpetuating varietal diversity, and redefining California wine. We are very lucky to live amongst and represent so many rebels. You can learn more about the movement HERE.
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Gamling and McDuck / Chenin Blanc / Mangels Ranch, Suisun Valley, California 2016 / $28
Complex Chenin always boasts some of the more fun aromatic descriptors, like salty cheese rind, beeswax, and ripe guava. The palate is something entirely different: golden apple, toasty caramel, grapefruit rind and pineapple. The possibilities are endless.
Tessier / Cabernet Franc / Alegria Vineyard, Russian River, California 2017 / $37
Give this wine just a moment or two to open up, and when it does it displays a classic trio of Cab Franc notes: bell pepper, black cherry, and dark chocolate. The tannins are firm but not grippy, merely serving as a crunchy send-off for the palate alongside a touch of sweet and tart dried red cherries.
I Brand & Family / Cabernet Franc / Bayley Ranch, Paicines, California 2017 / $30
More Bordeaux than Loire, and a warming feel to it right from the get-go. Less pepper, but still slightly vegetal, more like vine sweet tomatoes. Ripe red raspberries, plums, dried flowers, soft leather and sun warmed clay. Subtle, erring on the side of elegance, and beautifully balanced.
Seven Percent California Wine Club is the new frontier for grape growers, winemakers and folks like us who just love to drink good juice. Each month we bring you three grape varieties that, although rare here in California, are certainly not completely unheard of in our soils. They each have great histories in the Old World, but their story is still young and chock full of potential here. We also feature wineries/incredibly talented winemakers that are important pieces to this new category of wine. The Seven Percent movement and the group of impassioned winemakers that make it a reality have been growing in strength for several years now and the time to take center stage seems just around the corner. We expect variation and quality in every aspect of our lives these days, why not demand more than wines made from only eight grape varieties? It represents the spirit of California winemaking – where exploration is the focus and discovery the glorious and delicious result.