Apparently its a Collab between Tyler’s Justin Willett, Étienne de Montille & Rodolphe Péters. Not sure if its a continuation of De Montille Willet … but anways, I was browsing wine.com and found some.
Has anyone heard or tried any of it? They have a Racines Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017 for $54.99 & 2 SVD Pinots & 2 SVD Chardonnay for ~$100. Apparently they now farm and have the long-term lease of Wenzlau.
Thoughts? With the wine.com coupon of $50 off $150 & $30 off $100 I’m kinda interested…
Etienne de Montille was pouring the Racines Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays alongside a few of his burgundies at an importer tasting in Toronto last fall. With a big smile he said to me that I had to try these new wines. Everything I tried was excellent. Not dissimilar from what I’ve had from Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote. Chards had that lightly reductive, flinty lemon note. And the Pinots were light in weight and body with a delicate stem signature in the aromatic.
I was immediately considering buying until I saw the prices. Here the Chards range from $80 - $140 CAD ($55 - $100), and the Pinots $95 - $160 CAD ($65 - $115). I have way too many alternatives, generally at more attractive prices, and from producers I collect and follow.
Yeah when I saw the prices and vineyards i’m surprised how pricey they are compared to all the other Sta. Rita Hills producers that get fruit from those vineyards and wonder why/how do they justify the price, especially if it is not their estate wine/fruit.
Hey Everyone, just bought some of these from their “allocation release.” I want to taste them tonight, but might give them 2 weeks in my cellar after shipping to let them calm down.
In full transparency, I work for Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Estates, obviously one of the more famous vineyards in Santa Barbara. All are farmed organic and go into only our estate wines.
Since we also make reductive style and stem included wines. I am interested to give them a go. We have a good old American making our wines, not Etienne De Montille and Rodolphe Peters. But, I am very eager to see amazing winemakers coming to Santa Barbara to explore. I believe in the region, and glad to see they do as well.
Tasted the lineup at a big supplier tasting back in early March. I took no real notes (beyond some scribbles happy symbols) but I remember the wines were showing very well. Etienne seemed very proud. I’m of the belief that Justin is one of the most serious and talented American wine makers out there, at least when it comes to Pinot/Chard. Looking forward to follow this project!
Yeah the SH Chardonnay are pretty killer for the price. Especially if you’e a member.
I wasn’t a fan of the 16 Pinots or 17 BN Chardonnay for some reason, hoping the 18 are better.
Thanks Vince. The 16s are still a little shut down and the 17BN Chard is still a little Young too. I tasted the 18s right after bottling and before labels were even applied and they all show really well. I’m optimistic for this vintage release. It was a tough year with frost, but super high quality and low productions.