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Monsieur Mystérieux, 2021

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California - United States
Cabernet Pfeffer
Lime Kiln Valley
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From the Grower
"Red fruits, white pepper, structured."
vineyard Vineyard
  • Organic / Biodynamic (uncertified)
  • Grape Percentage: 100
  • Average age of vines: 40
  • Soil type: Granite, Limestone
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: No added sulphites: <10 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 12.3%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Bottle weight: 350

Additional Information

Cabernet Pfeffer is a bit of a mystery (hence the kitschy moniker). Once thought to have been a cross between Trousseau & Cab Sauv, genetic testing has pointed it to be Mourtaou aka Mancin. But I personally feel we still don't have a concrete answer. I love it because while California doesn't have any vinifera, we have sort of adopted Zinfandel as our own, and increasingly the mysterious Cabernet Pfeffer.

Dry farmed on limestone and granite soils. Made simply to try and understand this obscure grape. Destemmed, pressed at dryness, 10 months sur lies, racked once and bottled. No additives of any kind were used including no added sulfites.
Florèz Wines was founded by James Jelks, a UC Davis alumni with astute knowledge of winemaking. Having done his time in many parts of the world working in wine, James finally decided to establish his own label in 2017 in Santa Cruz. Focusing on some classic styles of wine as well as some older styles that have come to popularity recently, James strives for the truest expression of terroir in his wines, and he believes natural winemaking lends itself best to showcase terroir, with nothing in the way of the expression of where the grapes come from and what varietal is being made into wine. James is known primarily for varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Grenache, as well as for trying new styles of winemaking such as cofermentation and carbonic orange wines.
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