Presqu’ile continues to produce some of our favorite coastal California wine. Their Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir represents all of the hallmarks: balance, complexity & the unique spice of its region with all the fruit & earth you want in a spectacular Pinot Noir. Pair this up with roast chicken for pure delight.
Rather than invest in her own vineyards, Faith works with several small-scale growers on a very intimate level. Over the course of just a few years, she’s cultivated strong bonds with these farmers ensuring superior grape quality and vineyard management. The opportunity to work closely with various vineyard sites has allowed Faith access to multiple grape varieties of varying ages.
This lovely rendition of Syrah comes from young vine fruit that’s entirely destemmed, wafting from the glass with notes of crushed currants, licorice, plum & dried flowers. It has good depth, fine-grained tannins & is gently chewy on the long, sapid finish. All of the elements in this wine fall together effortlessly.
Martha Stouman is the future of California wines. After working in Italy on a small farm, she found passion in the patience of wine-making. Although the Zinfandel vines are young, this enticing wine has notes of stewed dark fruits, earthy spices, and wet stone. Drink with charcuterie.
The Gamay grape is not a variety typically associated with California, and Arnot-Roberts and their high elevation El Dorado Gamay are working to change that. In the glass, in the nose, and on the palate, this noble Gamay appears 100% at home in Cali, displaying brightness, energy, and West Coast verve.
Presqu'ile Santa Maria Pinot Noir Presq'uile Vineyard 2018
Coming directly from their estate vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, their 100% Pinot Noir is deeply expressive of dark red berry, dried herbs & an energizing, refreshing acidity. This Pinot is definitely spice dominant & would pair exquisitely with a cheese platter or roast duck.
Faith Armstrong and Roger King, the grower, have a close working partnership. Before these vines were planted, this landscape was home to Suisun creek. Over time, the creek migrated, leaving the fertile soils in which these Syrah vines have now taken root. The old creek bed retains dampness and moisture allowing the vineyard to be dry-farmed, no small feat in this region.
One of the very best values in Cali Chardonnays. Presqu’ile is a project sustainably producing elegant expressions of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from cool-climate sites. The results are true to their California roots, with fruit & richness at the forefront & with gorgeous minerality & freshness below.
Seven Springs Estate has long been recognized as one of Oregon’s best vineyard sites. South-facing slopes & volcanic soils, their wine is terroir rich & simply delicious. The Seven Springs Chardonnay is reminiscent of white Burgundy. This cuvée is dripping in notes of honey, lemon curd & baking spice.
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.
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.
The historic Rorick Heritage Vineyard, from which these zinfandel grapes were sourced, was first surveyed during the gold rush. While no gold was found, this bottle is definitely treasure enough. Whole cluster fermentation gives this light and bouncy Zinfandel a tannic edge to balance out notes of red berries and cola.
Presqu'ile Santa Maria Chardonnay Presqu'ile Vineyard 2018
100% of the Chardonnay grapes used for this cuvée came from their estate vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, reflective of the mineral-laced sandy soils they’re grown on. This bottle carries an old-world sense of balance & tension, with the aromatic & textural profile that we know & love from Presqu’ile.
Enfield Wine Co Chenin Blanc Santa Ynez Jurassic Park 2019
One of our favorite producers from Santa Barbara, Enfield Wine Co. always delivers. This citrus-forward chenin blanc is light on its feet, but maintains a classic honeyed balance you’ll expect to find in a chenin blanc. Try with spicy noodles!
The Wirz vineyard was planted in 1963 just east of the San Andreas fault in California, and this dry riesling is definitely a force. With zero added sulfur and chemical-free farming, this bottle is a wild expression of old-vine California riesling, with zippy minerality and honeyed citrus notes.
English Hill, planted in 2005, is an 8.5 acre vineyard located just miles from the Pacific Ocean. This maritime influence and exposure to the elements keeps the wine light, fresh, and oceanic. This wine expands on the palate, showing notes of coastal forest floor, baking spice, dried tea, and herbs.
Presqu'ile Virtual Class (Class Bundle, Wine Included)
The "new California" describes a winemaking style that challenges long-held assumptions about West Coast wine. For decades, we've been taught that California produces bold, extracted, intensely flavored and textured wines. But, a new school has emerged: producing less polarizing wines that are light, juicy, complex, and aim to express a sense of place. This is New World wine for Old World drinkers. And, for Burgundy lovers like us, Presqu'ile makes it totally worth exploring.
During this virtual class, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and hang with owner Matt Murphy. Join us to hear his family's story, learn why so many of us obsess over Santa Barbara, and taste through a flight of his wines, including a Pinot Noir from his prized Presqu'ile Vineyard. This is an incredibly unique opportunity to connect with a tastemaker at the vanguard of the "new California."
This option includes a flight of the wines we'll be drinking with Matt— you get to drink with the winemaker! Pickup only, available after 11am on Wed, April 14th. Please use the 'note' in the shop cart to indicate Burlington or Stowe pickup.
Presqu'ile Santa Maria Chardonnay 2018
Presqu’ile Santa Maria Pinot Noir 2018
Presqu’ile Santa Maria Pinot Noir Presqu’ile Vineyard 2018
This Rudd Cabernet Sauvignon is quintessential “Napa Cab” with our favorite twist: low intervention, sustainable farming practices. Fine tannins and ample acidity form the structure of this wine, while ripe red fruit delivers freshness on the palate. This is an incredible example of agability in wine - drink now or hang on to it as it’s only getting better.
Producing utterly satisfying Chardonnay out of the Santa Maria Valley, Presqu’ile never fails to disappoint in their delivery. This cuvée is both complex & poised, yet vivacious at the same time. Creamy in texture, with a buttery-vanilla richness, it has no shortage of ripe lemon citrus & pairs perfectly with salmon.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.