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.
Our collaboration with California winemaker Faith Armstrong, harvested and vinified in one of the most challenging wildfire years on record, showcases both her talents and a terroir-driven vision of California wine. Honest, transparent, and fun, this blend embodies Dedalus. Share it with friends, drink it with food, and celebrate the connections that matter.
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.
Joseph Swan Sonoma Rose Trenton Estate Vineyard 2019
Over 50 years ago, in rural North Dakota, Joseph Swan made his first ever ‘wine’ out of wild rhubarb, using his mother’s laundry press. Fast-forward to today, and his daughter Lynn has now taken the helm at their humble winery in Sonoma. This syrah rosé is bold and peppery, and stands up well to a summer meal of BBQ chicken.
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.
Subject to Change Mendocino Field Blend Open Hand Ranch FKA! 2020
This field blend by Subject to Change winemaker Alex Pomerantz uses fruit from Mark Rogero’s Open Hand Vineyard, a 10-acre family-run farm devoted to cultivating biodiversity. It has strawberry notes and a bit of salinity that makes us think of the best days of summer. We imagine that Mark’s farm takes its name from Le Corbusier’s Open Hand sculpture, which symbolized peace and unity. If so, it provides an excellent example of how to enjoy this bottle.
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.
Everybody wants that Haarmeyer Chenin! Craig Haarmeyer and his family love to get after the "Sacramento terroir". They keep their farming natural as your birthday suit. Craig says "We add nothing to our wines but elbow grease." It sure does pay off. This is really transparent Chenin Blanc. White peach, lemon zest, apple blossom and a mean mineral streak. Sacramento to the core.
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.
Arnot-Roberts goal is to create and emphasize the unique terroir of each site in which his grapes are grown. The soils of Watson Ranch are of clay and limestone, synonymous with those in northern Burgundy - creating a crisp mineral driven Chardonnay that could just pass as French.
Trousseau Gris is a grape that requires a gentle hand and a firm understanding of winemaking to unlock its potential. Pax and Pam Mahle have done exactly that. They have put forward an expression with notes of watermelon, strawberry, and zesty acidity.
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.
Subject to Change Mendocino White Bonfiglio Vineyard Unsung Hero 2020
This blend is a mix of whole-cluster and destemmed grapes that are fermented, on their skins, for three weeks, hence the color reminiscent of sliced, dried oranges. It also accounts for the grip this wine has — it’s not something you chug. Instead, try Unsung Hero with a rich beef stew for dinner, or a casual cheese-board lunch with freshly baked bread, goat cheese from Sage Farm in Stowe, and Rosette de Lyon salami.
Subject to Change Monterey Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard Bang Bang 2018
Tucked away in California’s Gabilan mountains lies Coastview Vineyard, a high elevation site that overlooks Monterey Bay. Subject to Change Wine Company bought this vineyard as their first project outside of Mendocino County, to show what great heights can do to transform Chardonnay. Sip this crisp and sea-breezy wine and enjoy!
Matt and Sara Licklider are a part of California’s pendulum swing back to nuanced wines driven by a sense of place. This SoCo Chardonnay shares characteristics with the white Burgundy’s it’s inspired by. Particularly, an electricity balanced by depth from an extended aging time.
Evening Land winemakers Raj Parr and Sashi Moorman draw on a distinctly Burgundian vision for the Chardonnay planted to their La Source vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. Biodynamically farmed and with no added sulfur, this is an outstanding expression of Oregon’s terroir.
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.
Philip Togni Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Tanbark Hill 2019
Poise, elegant, restraint - these are just a few of the things that Philip Togni values in his winemaking, rather than striving for the biggest, most powerful Cabernet he aims for structure & balance. His Tanbark Hill is high-toned with grippy tannins, accessible or ready to age. Pair with grilled beef.
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.
The vines in the Que Syrah vineyard happen to be the oldest Syrah vines on the Sonoma coast. Planted in the early 1990s, the farmers were unsure the varietal would thrive in the colder climate, so they crossed their fingers and hoped for the best, inspiring the playful name of the vineyard.
Evening Land Eola Amity HIlls Seven Springs Blanc de Blancs 2015