Flambeaux was founded by Art Murray, an environmental lawyer from Mississippi. Looking to create an estate which produced world-class Cabernet, Zin and Chardonnay, he settled in the Sonoma Dry Creek Valley. Here, in a landscape full of famous neighbours he has made an electrically interesting vineyard. Ryan Prichard is the winemaker, ex Williams Selyem and the current consultant at Three Sticks. Art is accompanied by his celebrity dog Stella, a former centrespread for the Dogs of Napa magazine. A young vineyard with a great crop of releases sofar, we are delighted to be working with them in the UK.
Macerated strawberries with peppercorn and an earthy forest floor aroma. Some boysenberry pop that persists through the electric palate. Some spicebox and chili-dipped watermelon hints at the liveliness with darker plum fruits coming on towards the end to make for a long and rich finish.
"What I love about that is you get both dark and ripe characteristics as well as light and vibrant qualities in every cluster. This makes for a lively and interesting wine that pairs with more things than it doesn't!" ~ Winemaker Ryan Prichard