Drinkable upon release (Apr. 2017), 1-3 years ageability
$18.00 per bottle / $194.40 per case
$15.30 per bottle / $172.80 per case (Members)
This is our fifth vintage Picpoul from Beeswax, and very confidently I’d suggest that it is, far and away, our best effort to date. Picpoul or “lip-stinger” is known, of course for its tingling acidity, but coupled with its singular savoriness, it creates a dramatic sensation on the palate. I know that it’s impossible to smell the sensation of saltiness, but the nose of our Picpoul is maritime, coupled with a discreet suggestion of peaches, wildflowers and the (we really can’t help it, but it’s in there) ubiquitous fragrance of beeswax.
Silver - 92 Points - 31st Annual Ojai Wine Festival (Judged by StAR, Sommeliers of the American Riviera)
Impressively bracing natural acidity (no acidification was doon), with echoes of the ocean. Beeswax Vineyard, in Arroyo Seco, is after all, only a hop, skip and jump away from the cool breezes of Carmel. Whether lips are literally stung by a “coup de picpoul” is open to debate, but lips are certainly known to smack at the ultra-savoriness of this unique grape variety.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine is utterly brilliant with the briniest oysters you can find or Dungeness crab. We also love these more doon-to-earth ideas from our friends over at CrushedGrapeChronicles.com: Iberico or Manchego cheese, herbed goat cheese, smoked oysters, sardines, anchovies, capers, olive tapenade, calamari.