2019 DUKE & ELLA , Santa Ynez Valley. Our fifth vintage of Duke & Ella, this has become our flagship white wine, in part for the development it shows with time in bottle. The 2015, our first vintage, is drinking beautifully. ’19 was an excellent year for these varieties, as the cool summer and moderate harvest temperatures led to an ideal balance between acid and sugar. Riesling from Coquelicot Vineyard provides the acid backbone and intense minerality, while Zaca Mesa Viognier contributes the rich texture and tropical aromatics this variety is famed for.
12 months neutral French oak
48% Riesling, Coquelicot Vineyard, organically farmed
52% Viognier, Zaca Mesa Vineyard, sustainably farmed
Mar, a first-generation Mexican American, has also firmly established herself in the pursuit of equity in the natural wine world with Vinguard, an organization committed to combatting misogyny in the wine industry based in San Francisco, and more recently with Cameron as founding board members of Natural Action Wine Club.