A profound and powerful nose, with notes of exotic fruits, mango and citrus... On the palate: pleasantly surprising structure, round and suave... A juice with enough acidity to be appreciated in the summer, and enough body and structure for your evenings in autumn and winter!
Hardy Wallace is a next gen winemaker whose energy and contagious enthusiasm is shaking up California’s Napa Valley! His was a long journey towards winemaking, which started after the economic crisis of 2008: Hardy lost his job in Atlanta, and found himself catapulted into the California wine world as a social networking manager for a big estate. Learning the business on the job, a few months later he teamed up with Matt and Amy and together founded Dirty and Rowdy, a winery based in Calistoga. As is often the case in the United States, Dirty & Rowdy farms several parcels with very distinct characters, and grape varieties that we know well in France but are (almost) never blended together here: Mourvèdre, Sémillon, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne... As Hardy puts it: “Wine’s real story is about source, and not the stamp we put on it. We don’t make wine by numbers, recipes, or additions, but we aren’t zealots… unless we’re talking about that spicy fried chicken!” Cheers!
A wild nose with notes of herbs, rosemary, cranberry, and musk... A juicy, velvety, dense palate, driven by black fruit flavours, and with a smoky finish. A bottle to uncork at the dinner table and enjoyed slowly (!) – this juice evolves in the glass in the loveliest ways.
A deep nose of prune, Amarena cherry, forest undergrowth, and gardenia... A rich, complex palate, with well-blended tannins, great freshness and jammy black berry flavours and a long finish. Dirty & Rowdy have a special affinity for Mourvèdre, and this single-vineyard cuvée is lovely proof.
A lighter style, made from Petite Sirah, with notes of crisp black fruit typical of this grape variety. On the nose: black cherry, prune, olives, coffee... A suave, spicy palate, balanced by a gentle acidity and beautiful tannins. A little delicacy, crafted for long ageing... as is only fitting: this is a cuvée for the next generation, created during the same vintage that saw the birth of Kate and Hardy’s first child!