Saturday Tasting: J.Brix

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J.BRIX
Saturday, October 28, 1-4pm
$10 for five wines
fee waived with $100 purchase

Jody Brix Towe and Emily Towe are a husband-and-wife winemaking duo hailing from San Diego. Despite being often overlooked on the wine map of California, San Diego has a tight community of like-minded wineries to which J. Brix is central. Jody and Emily like to highlight Southern California’s emerging potential, sourcing fruit from San Luis Obispo, San Diego County, as well as tapping into some of the unique and established growing sites of Santa Barbara. They ferment the wines naturally and add little or no sulfur, with total amounts often under 10ppm (a rarity in California). All wines are made in tiny tiny quantities. We get a small amount each year, and are excited to pour them for you.

Riesling “Augur” Kick on Ranch, S. Barbara 2016 $24
A perennial favorite at the shop, this Riesling is bone dry, and kicking with acidity. It’s what I think of when I think of California Riesling. “Wake Up” Wine.

Chardonnay “Limestone + Schist,” Rorick Heritage Vineyard, Calaveras 2016 $28
Jody and Emily were lucky enough to score some fruit from Matthew Rorick’s vineyard in Gold Country. After losing the fruit to frost for two years, they managed two barrels of this Chardonnay in 2016. Stunning, untouched juice from one of California’s prized sites.

Pinot Noir “Audire” Kick on Ranch, S. Barbara 2016 $32
The dark, spicy aspects of this Pinot bely its 12.7% alcohol. From the sandy soils of Kick On Ranch, this is fermented with native yeasts, then aged for one year in old French barrels.

Hornswoggle “Stay in Bed” Red 2016 $27
Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah sourced from sustainable vineyards. This is their table wine, made for drinking with your family at Thanksgiving. Juicy and Natty.

Syrah “La Belle Reveuse” S. Maria 2016 $29
After losing their Syrah vines to drought, Jody and Emily shuffled and found some more superb Syrah vines in an adjacent corner of this vineyard. Always my favorite wine from these two: savory, spicy and fresh. Enjoy.