You don’t have to be a Chardonnay fan to love this wine – which is why it’s a cold weather wine for us. During this season, we naturally feel like heavier blankets, clothes, foods, wines… When we’re in the mood for a white, but need something heavier than our typical go-to refreshing Sauv Blanc, Grigio, you know that one you typically keep in the fridge. Chardonnay fits the bill this time of year and this one is for everyone. There is a brilliant high-tone about this wine. The way a turnip seems to glow white. It’s like snowfall in the moonlight – it’s deep and intense, but alluringly bright. Indulge in this beautiful wine and we promise, you will be hooked. Only 175 cases made. Super top secret find. This wine is gold.
So this is fun with all the squashes of the season – most notable butternut. Caramelize some onions, top with crumbled goat cheese and you are bound for a good night.
Sam Smith is the full-time winemaker for Morgan Winery in California and his own label, Samuel Louis Smith (a solo side project.) Sam studied Economics, French, and Spanish at UC Santa Barbara. A nagging desire for wine knowledge and proximity to good surf led Sam to Bordeaux- the perfect place to spend a semester abroad. Coinciding with the iconic vintage of 2009, it opened his eyes to the world of haute cuisine and fine wine. Sam’s wine journey led him to make Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley and cool-climate Syrah in the Northern Rhône. Then, cutting his teeth as the assistant winemaker for Margerum Wine Company gave him the opportunities to find his own love for cool climate vineyards in the Central Coast of California and define his own winemaking style – restrained, with minimal intervention. This is a tiny project, producing some of the most elegant wines we have come across! Fun fact – the watercolor paintings, found in black and white on the labels, are Sam’s originals.