There is no more thrilling a wine to drink than one whose best example sits out on the margins of acceptability. These wines are truly magical because their irreducible wholeness comes about as a function of their purity of fruit, balance of acidity, and overt sexiness. Cabernet Franc is the purest and finest example of this kind of wine.
SKW PREMIER 2018
L'AUTRE CÔTE 2017
MIA NIPOTE 2018
Lineage: Life and Love…
L’Autre Côte (the other coast) Cabernet Franc from 100-pt winemaker, Steven Kent Mirassou
Cabernet Franc often thrives despite the interventions of the winemaker; it reaches its apotheosis, then, when the winemaker is only (at a distance) watchful, bridegroom to the fizz of fermentation; shepherd to the press, to the barrel, to the blend, to that final shape that twists the tongue, molds the mind, and elevates the mundane to the exotic and the commonplace to the sublime.
Steven Kent Mirassou, sixth-generation winemaker from America’s oldest winemaking family, has been working with Cabernet Franc since 2005. He finds the grape to be so alluring and so full of elegance and complexity that even a lifetime of drinking it will never reveal all her mysteries and charms.
L’Autre Côte was born from Steven’s devotion to making beautiful wines that emotionally connect with the drinker and to highlighting his obsession with the grape best able to do that!
The Livermore Valley is fortuitously located only 35 miles inland from the San Francisco Bay, and its east-west orientation and proximity to the hotter inland climate of the Central Valley makes it a way-station for the daily wind that cools hot days down, that balances acidity in the evenings, and spools out the growing season longer, nearly every year.
Ghielmetti and Sachau vineyards, our two world-class sites, are separated by about 4 miles, a few hundred feet in elevation, and clonal selection. Each fully realized wine from these sites reflects a different facet of the gorgeous varietal diamond that is Cabernet Franc.
We are extremely excited about the inaugural release of L’Autre Côte! Winemaker, Steven Kent Mirassou, believes so strongly in the inherent specialness of Cabernet Franc and the world-class quality of this grape grown in the Livermore Valley (and a couple of other appellations), that he has created a new collection of wines focused exclusively on highlighting the virtuosity of Cabernet Franc, and its wide range of complexity and deliciousness across a few carefully-chosen vineyards.
For the inaugural 2017 release, we produced fewer than 50 cases each of the the first two wines: 2017 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Franc and the 2017 Sachau Vineyard Cabernet Franc. Both wines are showing gorgeous complexity of flavor and the structure to age for 15 – 20 years.
Secure your allocation
The inaugural release of the 2017 L’Autre Côte wines will be available as a Two-pack. Each allocation consists of One – 2017 Ghielmetti Vineyard Cabernet Franc and One 2017 Sachau Vineyard Cabernet Franc. Each wine is priced at $98 per bottle. Allocations are available in the following Two-pack configurations “Only”:
1 – Two-pack of Ghielmetti & Sachau Each (2 bottles)
2 – Two-packs of Ghielmetti & Sachau Each (4 bottles)
3 – Two-packs of Ghielmetti & Sachau Each (6 bottles)
4 – Two-packs of Ghielmetti & Sachau Each (8 bottles)
5 – Two-packs of Ghielmetti & Sachau Each (10 bottles)
6 – Two-packs of Ghielmetti & Sachau Each (12 bottles) – MAX
To secure your allocation, select Acquire L’Autre Côte below Member Benefits
Allocation member benefits
- Assigned a Hospitality Liaison to assist with orders, appointments, organizing corporate events, special Zoom sessions, and more.
- Guaranteed Wine Allocation Each Vintage
- First Offer to Increase Allocation of Next Vintage
- Priority Reservations for The Salon Experiences
- Applicable Member Allowances for The Patio Reservations
- Invitations to Private Events
- Members may schedule One 30-minute Zoom session with the Winemaking Team – 1 per Year / Member (in-person when safe to do so).
- Complimentary Ground Shipping on Case Allocations
- Member Allowances:
- 2-6 bottle Allocations receive 15% off The Lineage Collection wines excluding L’Autre Côte, The Premier by Steven Kent Mirassou, and Lineage Wine.
- 8-12 bottle Allocations receive 20% off The Lineage Collection wines excluding L’Autre Côte, The Premier by Steven Kent Mirassou, and Lineage Wine.
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