A very limited offering, these wines are expected to arrive May 2021. The pre-offer will close on April 10th.
A former employee at Sine Qua Non, not only did this guy learn from the best, he has taken the baton and run off into his own very clever direction with it.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
Winemaker Jim Binns continues to pretty much knock it out of the park in every vintage. These are powerful, full-bodied wines that make no excuses for their fruit or opulence while staying perfectly balanced, pure, and elegant. Readers should not miss these stunningly singular wines.
Andremily Syrah No. 7 2018 $124.99
A blend of 86% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, and the rest Viognier, 50% destemmed, the 2018 No 7 comes from a mix of top vineyards in Santa Barbara County and will spend 22 months in 65% new French oak. Inky hued, with a killer nose of bacon fat, charcoal, ground pepper, smoked game, and both black and blue fruits, it's deep and full-bodied, offering incredible purity of fruit, building tannins, and a great finish. It's another brilliant, brilliant wine in the making that's unquestionably in the same league as the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Don't miss it.
97-100 Jeb Dunnuck
the Mourvèdre (along with John Alban's The Mason Forsyth cuvée) is undoubtedly one of the finest expressions of this variety coming out of California today.
Also mostly from the Alta Mesa Vineyard, the 2018 Mourvèdre will spend 21 months in 50% new French oak. Offering a more blue fruit character as well as beautiful pepper and floral notes, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a complex, gamey, almost Old World style, notable acidity and tannins, and a great finish. It's a beautiful, elegant, yet age-worthy effort.
95-97+ Jeb Dunnuck
You will see the image on the label is a ladder. The ladder has a lot of sentimental meaning as it belonged to Rachel’s maternal grandfather. It is a reminder to us that while the road may not always be smooth if one is already committed to working hard, the bumps certainly become a bit less noticeable. Rachel is a third-generation Japanese American, who grew up hearing from relatives the many stories of their time in the Japanese Internment Camps of World War II. At a very young age Rachel’s parents along with each of their families, and tens of thousands of other Japanese Americans were forced from the lives they had built, and into the Internment camps. Many of which losing everything, most significantly their hope and dignity. Once the war was over, and Rachel’s grandfather was freed from the injustice of the internment camp he went about rebuilding their lives. He didn’t waste time being the victim, although he certainly had every right to. He went about building a successful gardening business, teaching his family the virtue of hard work, and the importance of education. Both of his daughters eventually graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. The ladder was one of the tools he used to build a better life for his, and eventually my family. I guess in short it is a reminder that it is very hard to get to the top with your hands in your pockets. If you look at the ladder from the profile view, you will notice it makes an A for Andremily. - Jim and Rachel Binns