Matthiasson makes some of our favorite California wines - period. For them, winemaking is an extension of farming, so their wines are meant to be refreshing & complement food. Their Linda Vista Chardonnay is pure honey, apple & peach on the nose with a fleshy, balanced palate.
Scar of the Sea Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay Vino de los Ranchos 2020
We can’t say enough great things about Matthiasson. As seasoned professionals of the sustainable food & farming movement, their wine is a reflection of that with terroir being a central focus. Their Napa Valley Cabernet is totally vibrant, abundant with dark red fruit & is asking for a steak alongside it.
The talented winemakers at Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Barbara produced and bottled this perfectly balanced Chardonnay exclusively for Dedalus customers. The ideal vineyard location and mastery of the Murphy family combine forces to create a total knockout with notes of pear, sea-salty air, apple, and toast.
The Alesia label designates estate-grown wines of Rhys, one of our favorite domestic producers. This wine is orchard fruited, with notes of butter, honeysuckle, and fresh juicy peach. It nods toward an Old World style, while maintaining a sense of New World terroir.
This medium-bodied, balanced, fruity and mineral Pinot Noir is undeniably delicious. With freshness and finesse, it delivers everything we want with a roast chicken dinner. It is expressive and nuanced and we can’t get enough.
Scar of the Sea x Dedalus Central Coast Chardonnay 2021
This fresh, zingy Chardonnay from our friends Mikey and Gina Giugni was made exclusively for Dedalus. It’s a killer California Chardonnay that expertly channels the oceanic influences of San Luis Obispo. Notes of citrus zest, squeezed lemon, wet stone, apricot, and stone fruits.
Syrah might be this estate’s bread and butter, but Grenache is slowly proving that it has just as much to offer. 2019 marked the estate’s first growing season free of heat waves, which allowed the fruit to ripen at its own mellow pace. In their own words, it’s one of the best years for this wine since they started making it in 2006. It gives us the juicy, lush strawberry this Grenache is known for with a star-bright electric twang and light grip.
If there’s one bottle that sums up what you’ll get from Ballard Canyon, it’s this Syrah. While the vines in this area aren’t old by European standards (they were planted in the 1990s) they are the oldest in the area. And every year that they root deeper into the Santa Barbara soil, they produce more elegant, concentrated fruit. Deep purply red, with a hint of olive weaving in and out of the wild, fruity nose.
Tessier winemaker Kristie Tacey came to wine from an accomplished career in microbiology, where she studied life in its most intricate and minute manifestations. This bottle is power with a wild grace, an aromatic expedition with notes of lavender that echo the purple-strewn fields of Provence.
Tessier El Dorado Cabernet Franc Camino Alto Vineyard 2019
Kristie, and other California winemakers, only narrowly beat the wildfires that swept the American west in 2019. Lucky for us, because this Cabernet Franc is the thirst-quenching bottle we didn’t know we needed. Kristie’s touch is decidedly European; she opts for a slow-and-steady approach to aging in new oak to take this Loire transplant from outsider to outgoing.
Sometimes we forget that wine started as a means of preservation. If done well, it has captured a moment in time. While it’s far too easy to wax poetically on the summer moments this has bottled, these memories are yours. Reminisce on forgotten summer evenings, and dream up new ones.
Restrained? Certainly. Inhibited? Most definitely not. This Syrah is elegant. It’s smooth much like the fog that fills the vineyard each day, with a spice that emulates the feeling of ocean air — a tangible, deep sense of being in contact with something vast and mesmerizing. The effect is thrilling, and a testament to the Licklider’s passion for place.
Night Verse is our collaboration with California winemaker Faith Armstrong. Passionate about terroir, Faith harvests early from trusted, responsible growers. This blend comes from old, organically tended vines: 80 years old for the Carignan and 65 for the Zinfandel. Refined, and a nimble companion to varied cuisines, Night Verse is as driven by place as its maker.
Eric and Lyle Railsback are no strangers to the greats: inspired by Maxime Magnon in the Languedoc and Gang of Four in Beaujolais, this 100% Carignan is fermented partially by carbonic maceration. The result is a punchy, light-bodied, and totally crushable bottle that is a perfect match for a rich holiday meal or a summer barbeque.
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