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Railsback Frères "Amis et Famille" Clairette Blanche Santa Ynez, 2020

$30.00
Railsback Frères "Amis et Famille" Clairette Blanche Santa Ynez, 2020

Railsback Frères "Amis et Famille" Clairette Blanche Santa Ynez, 2020

$30.00
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Made just for us, to honor you.

I have bottled this very special 'Friends + Family' Cuvée to thank you for this past year and share something uniquely delicious.
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In the restaurant world, when I visit a friend's dining room, I may see 'Friends + Family' as a line item discount on my bill at the end of the evening. In our own loving way, I used these same words when I applied discounts to your electronic invoices throughout the challenging and isolating year of global pandemic. Seemed like a good way to take care of you and let you know that we so deeply appreciate you're sticking by us.
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Now, as we emerge, and continue to be mindful of our community and those across our dinner table, or across town, may this quenching, delicious, unusual, handmade wine stand out for you as a break from the struggles of the past year, and, at the same time, an acknowledgement of the hard work we've done together.
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“Along with plantings of Graciano, Picpoul Blanc, Teroldego, Mencia, and Xarello at the Nolan Ranch, they also are experimenting with 1.84 acres of Clairette Blanche (sourced from bud wood from Château de Beaucastel) in the northwest hills of their property in Santa Ynez. In my twelve years with Kermit Lynch it has been a joy getting to know the waxy, saline whites of Cassis Blanc, Bandol Blanc, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from some of the greatest producers in France, all of which are based on Clairette, so we were excited for the opportunity to work with this unsung Great White. Fermented and aged entirely in neutral barrels, allowing a full malolactic like all of our favorite examples in Provence, we gave the Clairette a longer élévage and released it in July, just in time for peak tomato season.” - Lyle Railsback

Very very special.
Substantial Case Discounts Available for a Limited Time:
$30/Btl + $148/6Btls + $260/12Btls

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About the winery: Railsback Frères began as a rosé project in 2015 by brothers Lyle and Eric Railsback, who call their rosé “Les Rascasses” (scorpion fish in French) as an homage to Lulu Peyraud. Lulu was the proprietress of Domaine Tempier in Bandol, maker of their favorite rosé in Provence. Lyle did National Sales for legendary French importer Kermit Lynch for twelve years before leaving to focus on this Santa Ynez project. His brother Eric started Lieu Dit wines in Santa Barbara, inspired by wines of the Loire valley, and owns Verve Wine in NYC and San Francisco.  “Eric approached me when he found access to some Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault in Santa Ynez,” says Lyle Railsback, “and we produced our first rosé with the ‘original recipe’ of Bandol: direct-to-press, vinified and aged in old wood, and with malolactic completed. Two years later we partnered with Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria, where we now make the wines using only wild, native yeast fermentation. In addition to our dry rosé, we also now make small lots of other Southern French grape varieties, including Vermentino, Carbonic Carignan (à la Maxime Magnon in Corbières), an inky red Mourvèdre, and Syrah from Bien Nacido that’s made entirely without the use of SO2.”