Creativity

Embracing the creative nuances that our vineyards give us from vintage to vintage, this wine truly embraces its label and lives outside the box. As a true winemaker’s choice, there is no plan for what Creativity will become from year to year.

 

2018 Creativity

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% York Mountain Vineyard
Hometown: York Mountain
Stomping Grounds: Sandstone soils on cool, coastal hillsides
Ethnicity: 95% Viognier, 5% Roussanne
Siblings: 73 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 13, 2018 | Birth Weight: 23.7° Brix
Rearing: Fermented cool in French oak barrels
Education: Aged nine months sur lie French oak barrels (69% new)
GPA: 3.32 pH | 6.3 g/L TA | 14.6% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 13, 2019 | Debut: Released Spring 2020 | Prime Eligibility: 2021 – 2025

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Our first ever Viognier from our York Mountain Vineyard (and our first bottled wine from York Mountain to boot!) is a game changer. We did not know what to expect out of our newest (although historic) vineyard site, with its sandstone soils and more characteristic coastal influence. This wine exhibits a range of character traits we have yet to see in Central Coast Viognier. Aromas and flavors abound in both richness and freshness with ripe juicy pear, green apple, grilled pineapple, lime oil, orange blossom, and vanilla cream alongside a mouth-watering acidity that weaves its way through all aspects of sensation.

 

2017 Creativity

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Catapult Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 100% Syrah
Siblings:  443 cases

 

MY STATS
Birthdate: August 30th – September 25th, 2017
Rearing: Fermented in stainless steel and oak tanks
Education: Aged 13 months in French oak regular and mid-sized barrels (37% new) and then 5 months in concrete tank
GPA: 3.69 pH | 6.1 g/L TA | 15.8% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 13th, 2019 | Debut: Released Fall 2020

 

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
In 2017, the Syrah from our Catapult Vineyard stood out in both fruit and tannin and demanded to be left as its own bottling  –  and so it became our 2017 Creativity!  Taste this expression of Syrah next to our 2017 Paderewski Vineyard Block B, and you’ll really get a sense of the different terroirs of our two estate vineyards.

 

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Score: Jeb Dunnuck 96

2015 Creativity

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: One west-facing limestone and shale-studded hillside
Ethnicity: 100% Petite Sirah
Siblings: 85 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 9, 2015 | Birth Weight: 26.8° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in new 1/2-ton French oak puncheons
Education: Aged 19 months: French oak puncheons
GPA: 3.95 pH | 5.8 g/L TA | 15.3% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled June 2, 2017 | Debut: Released Spring 2018 | Prime Eligibility: 2020 – 2028

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI

Tiny in production but big on memories, this single barrel fermentation of 100% Petite Sirah was begging to be left on its own to highlight the potential of this mighty grape. This wine won our hearts as the 2015 Creativity because of its unique, luxurious and harmonious mouthfeel, specific to the Petite Sirah grape but outstanding in every way. The velvety texture and lush mid palate sing violets, semi-dark chocolate, vanilla bean, blackberries, tar, licorice and wet earth. Wish there was more to share of this beauty!

 

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Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 95, Vinous 94, Wine Advocate 94

 

2014 Creativity

MY PROFILE
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: One acre atop a limestone hill
Ethnicity: 100% Mourvèdre | Siblings: 157 Cases Produced

 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 19, 2014 | Birth Weight: 27.2° Brix
Rearing: Fermented in concrete tank
Education: Aged ~ 18 months: 70% new French oak and 30% neutral oak
GPA: 3.60 pH | 6.0 g/L TA | 15.9% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled May 17, 2016 | Debut: Released Spring 2017 | Prime Eligibility: 2018 – 2024

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
In some special vintages, Mourvèdre has it all and stands alone as an über full, über soft and über unforgettable wine. 2014, like 2013, was an exceptional vintage for Mourvèdre, and thus we had to leave it by itself yet again and bottle it as the vintage Creativity. The richness of the 2014 vintage is not overplayed in this 100% Mourvèdre. Lush and rich earthy bass notes are meaty, rooty and foresty at first take, however, lavender perfume, bing cherry and red plum fruit subtly make their way into the glass with air.

 

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Scores: Jeb Dunnuck 97, Vinous 94, Wine Advocate 94
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2013 Creativity

MY PROFILE
Parentage: Paderewski Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Stomping Grounds: One moderately rolling, westerly limestone slope
Ethnicity: 100% Mourvèdre, clone 369 | Siblings: 194 Cases Produced
Ideal Mate: Herbed rub rack of lamb

 

MY STATS
Birthdate: September 24, 2013 | Birth Weight: 26.5° Brix
Rearing: Fermented ~35% whole cluster in concrete tanks
Education: Aged for 15 months in 33% new French oak barrels and puncheons
GPA: 3.92 pH | 5.3 g/L TA | 15.8% Alc.
Graduation: Bottled February 10, 2015 | Debut: Released Spring 2016 | Prime Eligibility: 2017 – 2027

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
The 2013 Creativity defines purity. Her DNA is simple – 100% Mourvèdre from one single harvest pick – but she carries the complexity of a multi-variety blend. A complete wine, balanced and focused, she effortlessly resides at the intersection of the senses, where savory and earthy flavors collide with sweet red fruits and white pepper. From first sip, she leads you on the emotional journey of the indefinable art in wine. Starting with fermentation in concrete though èlevage in barrel to bottling, this wine has never swayed from her core personality and will show you how Mourvédre can hold her own next to Bordeauxs, GSMs, and Pinots alike.

 

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Scores: Wine Advocate 96, Vinous 93, Wine Spectator 92
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2012 Creativity

MY PROFILE
Parentage: Catapult Vineyard
District: Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 90% Syrah | 10% Roussanne
Siblings: 93 cases produced | unfined and unfiltered

 

MY STATS
Rearing: Fermented in one-ton bins. Cofermented with whole cluster Roussanne.
Education:Aged for 17 months in 50% new French oak barrels

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
Syrah with Roussanne? I mean, come on! You gotta have at least two bottles for your cellar. These two northern Rhône varieties marry seamlessly in this age-worthy Syrah from our Catapult Vineyard. Roussanne softens the texture of the Syrah and makes the wine sit a little lighter on the palate, but you’d never know that it’s there if we didn’t tell you (meaning this wine is a powerful red wine). Warning – this wine sparks great creativity!

 

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Scores: Wine Advocate 95+, Vinous 90+

 

 

2011 Creativity

MY PROFILE
Parentage: Catapult Vineyard
District:Willow Creek | Hometown: Paso Robles
Ethnicity: 100% Grenache
Siblings: 47 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

 

MY STATS
Rearing: Fermented in 100% Concrete
Education: Aged 18 months in one New French oak puncheon
Siblings: 47 cases produced | Unfined and Unfiltered

 

MY BIO BY WINEMAKER JORDAN FIORENTINI
In a given vintage, there is always a single lot of wine — from harvest to fermentation — whose unique character screams at us to leave it alone rather than including it in a larger blend. Creativity is just that, and what we call “winemaker’s choice.” There is no plan for what Creativity will end up being from year to year, but it promises to always keep us on our toes. Creativity represents winemaking experimentation, the chances we’ve taken in the vineyard and winery, and sometimes just pure delicious luck! It is only fitting that we commence our first vintage of Creativity with the wine that brought this label to fruition, a single pick of Grenache from our Catapult Vineyard during the 2011 vintage. Super limited in production, this wine will never ever be recreated!

 

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Scores:  Wine Advocate 93, Vinous 92