REIN + THEE & THOU tasting

REIN + THEE & THOU tasting


This week, we feature two young winemakers from California. Both are regulars at Ordinaire. Both are in the very early stages of their own projects. Both have bright futures.

$10 to taste four wines

REIN WINERY REIN means “pure” in German, and the concept infuses James Wasson’s entire project: he works exclusively with aromatic white varieties, all of the vines grow in Mendocino County, and all of the cuvées are single vineyard designates. And the wines themselves display a purity of flavor and structure that impressively translates these conceptual underpinnings. This is a micro-winery that is evolving quickly and impressively. James is frequently at the bar, tasting new wines, asking questions, and sharing his recent discoveries. It’s awesome seeing how his curiosity and hard work have resulted in some of the most unique and compelling white wines being made in California.

2013 Greenwood Ridge Riesling $25 From 40+ yr old ungrafted vines on the Mendocino Ridge in Anderson Valley.

2013 Schrader Ranch Pinot Blanc $22 Sourced from inland Mendocino, on the southern edge of Ukiah.

THEE & THOU John Donaghue is a young winemaker committed to working as naturally as possible. He has just released his first vintage, and the wines are super promising. He had the good fortune to work with Gideon Beinstock from Clos Saron (our favorite!), and one can easily perceive Gideon’s influence in the wines, which tend to balance heady, earthy aromatics with deep, velvety flavors and lively acidity. John is making a single-variety bottling this vintage, but he is mostly interested in blends, using different grapes to complement one another, leading to more a complete finished wine. We are also pouring a sneak preview of John’s 2011, which is still pending label approval.

2013 Thee & Thou “Patois” (Syrah/Merlot/Cins.) $23 Cinsault is from 130-year old Bechtold Ranch vines.  Syrah and Merlot are from organic vines in Terra Alta.

2011 Thee & Thou (Merlot/Syrah) not for sale From granitic/volcanic soils in the Sierra Foothills