2015 Dirty and Rowdy California "FAMILIAR" Blanc

Estate: Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery

Region: California, United States of America


Tasting Note:June 19, 2016

Bright and a slight cloudy hue yellow. Very interesting nose and palate. Nose started off with some citrus notes that we could not quite put our fingers on it, very clean too. Seems a little bit like a key lime pie or with lemon. Some added complexity with notes of melon, white flowers, honey suckles. Undertones of some sort of plant and a little stinky too when it began to warm up over the three hour period. Day two some more complexity was added with notes of dust, pears and pineapple. Lots of bright acidity (8.5/10) with lemon driving through. Bitter bite almost like underripe berries. Undertones of grapefruit on day two. Light bodied with an insanely long finish. So different than any other white we have tried, blend or single varietal. Insanely refreshing and perfect for this hot day. So intriguing and keeps changing.

Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines was founded in 2010 by Dirty (Hardy and Kate) and Rowdy (Matt and Amy). D&R is a very, you could say "Green" estate, what we mean by this is pretty simple to follow. They use NomaCorc Select Bio closure, which is plant based, carbon neutral, breathable, recycable, and excellent cork alternative especially for early drinking wines. Additionally the labels for each bottle, which are all made from 100% recycled bulk coffee sacks. This is the only white wine produced in the 2015 vintage by D&R. This is a blend of all the white varietals they produced this year; 28% Chenin Blanc, 22% Pinot Blanc, 18% Chardonnay, 12% Melon de Bourgogne, 10% Roussanne, and 10% Viognier. From all over California including the following AVAs; Mendocino, Sonoma, Monterey, Amador and El Dorado Counties. This is completely unfiltered and unfined. Native fermination with zero additions made during the wine-making process. 12% of the grapes were fermented on the skins and 82% whole clusters direct to press. Only 604 cases produced.

Drink Dates:

2016 till 2020.


91 points.

Price Point:

$$ - Purchased through the estate for $38.15.