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2016 Picpoul
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
100% picpoul
Appellation
Arroyo Seco
Vineyard Designation
Beeswax
TA
6.2 g/L
pH
3.46
Aging
Drinkable upon release (Apr. 2017), 1-3 years ageability
Serving Temperature
50-55º F
Label Artist
Wendy Cook
Alcohol %
12.7

2016 Picpoul

Picpoul, sometimes “pique-poule”, or lip-stinger, is an exceptionally beloved cépage of Southern France, lending balance to cuvées that might otherwise veer off into the direction of the fulsome.

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SKU: DPC16C

$18.00 per bottle / $194.40 per case
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
Awards
Silver - 92 Points - 31st Annual Ojai Wine Festival (Judged by StAR, Sommeliers of the American Riviera)
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production
838 cases
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