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Virtual Tasting Kit

Monochrome Wines Virtual Tasting Kit

If you can’t come to our Paso Robles tasting room, we’ll bring the tasting room to you! Our Virtual Tasting Kit contains tasting-sized (2 oz) samples of five Monochrome wines, each of which has scored 90+ points from the critics. Includes instructions to schedule a personal live virtual tasting with Monochrome’s winemaker.

2018 Vintage

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Analog In a Digital Age

2018

74% Marsanne, from Camp 4 Vineyard
17% Chenin Blanc, from G2 Vineyard
9% Viognier, from Shokrian Vineyard

Technology has brought us a lot of great things, but sometimes a bit of magic is lost along the way. Our Analog in a Digital World stands against this pattern. Most of the blend was made using 8,000-year-old technology (an earthenware amphora).

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA Barrel Distortion wine bottle

Barrel Distortion

2018

100% Albariño, for Plum Orchard Land Vineyard

Many Albariños are made to be light, crisp, and aromatic, and are produced in stainless steel tanks. We aimed for something a bit different.

90 Points – Jeb Dunnuck

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA Neither Here Nor There wine bottle

Blasphemy

2018

66% Chardonnay, from Donnachadh Vineyard
34% Marsanne, from Camp 4 Vineyard

Going back to the time of the Cistercian monks, the religion for making Chardonnay has been to just put it in an oak barrel and let God do the rest. Well… we deviated from that orthodoxy just a bit.

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Mix And Match

2018

46% Grenache Blanc, from G2 Vineyard
45% Chenin Blanc, from Jurassic Park Vineyard
9% Roussanne, from Zaca Mesa Vineyard

This is a new blend for us, as 2018 was the first vintage we worked with Grenache Blanc. The blend name reflects our unconventional approach to blending, which in this case involved combining two Rhone varieties with one Loire Valley variety.

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast
91 Points – Jeb Dunnuck

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA Barrel Distortion wine bottle

Sense Of Out Of Place

2018

53% Sauvignon Blanc, from McGinley Vineyard
47% Chardonnay, from Donnachadh Vineyard

Nowadays, at least in California, winemakers have more freedom to create innovative, complex white wines that do not conform to the traditional norms. We took full advantage of that to create this wine, which pretty much breaks all the rules.

93 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

“Top Ten Wines For Your Holiday Table” – Forbes

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA Neither Here Nor There wine bottle

Wall Of Sound

2018

68% Roussanne, from Zaca Mesa Vineyard
32% Viognier, from Shokrian Vineyard

This wine is a good example of our Wall of Sound approach to winemaking. Our goal for this wine was to make a wine that exhibits more complexity and layers of flavor than we could have achieved using simpler methods.

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast

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X-2A

2018

100% Albariño, for Plum Orchard Land Vineyard

From time to time, we create one of our “X-wines”, which reflect some of our experiments in winemaking. Typically these are very low-production wines that explore a new or novel approach to fermentation or wine production. In the 2017 vintage, we produced the X-2, which explored carbonic maceration of Albariño (we are not aware of anyone else having ever done it before with Albariño). It was such a hit that we decided to produce a variant of it in the 2018 vintage. This will only be available to Wine Club members.

2017 Vintage

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Altered Images

2017

52% Chardonnay

48% Chenin Blanc

The images of both Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc have been changing in California.  Chardonnay has gone from “all butter, all oak, all the time” to the opposite end of the spectrum (unoaked, stainless-only versions) and is now occupying all points in-between.  Chenin Blanc, meanwhile, has gone from a respected variety to “jug wine fodder” and is now working its way back to respectability.  This wine encompasses and expands upon those trends:  it combines Chardonnay that was fermented and aged in an earthenware amphora (to provide minerality and vibrancy) and Chenin Blanc that was fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels (to provide smoothness and acidity).

89 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA Barrel Distortion wine bottle

Barrel Distortion

2017

100% Albariño

Many Albariños are made to be light, crisp, and aromatic, and are produced in stainless steel tanks.  We aimed for something a bit different, so we barrel-fermented nearly all the wine in neutral French oak and stainless steel barrels, and aged it on its lees for eight months to develop additional complexity and richness. We also added four percent that had been skin-fermented (much as a red wine would be produced).   The result is a wine that maintains the vibrant and aromatic character for which Albariño is known, but adds in a bit more structure and mouthfeel, plus some savory notes from the skin-fermented component.

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

90 Points – Wine Spectator (their highest score ever for an American Albariño)

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA Neither Here Nor There wine bottle

Neither Here Nor There

2017

53% Sauvignon Blanc

47% Chenin Blanc

This wine started out as an idea to create a Sancerre-inspired Sauvignon Blanc blend, but it quickly veered off in a new direction… first with a nod to the Chenin Blanc of the lower Loire River Valley, and then with a hint of New Zealand.   It ended up being something unique:  47% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, 6% skin-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, and 47% barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc. It’s not like anything ever made in Paso, but is also not a textbook version of something from Sancerre, the lower Loire, or New Zealand.  Hence the name….

92 Points (Editor’s Choice) – Wine Enthusiast

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA Blasphemy wine bottle

Blasphemy

2017

80% Chardonnay, from Donnachadh Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills.

20% Chenin Blanc, from Jurassic Park Vineyard

100% Barrel fermented.

Aged in 25% new French Oak and 75% neutral French Oak.

Going back to the time of the Cistercian monks, the religion for making Chardonnay has been to just put it in an oak barrel and let God do the rest. Well… we deviated from that orthodoxy just a bit. 

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Variations on a Theme

2017

71% Sauvignon Blanc, from McGinley.

29% Marsanne, from Windrock Vineyard.

We’re all about variations on the theme of white wines, but this wine is also a blend of eight different variations on Sauvignon Blanc and Marsanne.    

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Wall of Sound

2017

56% Rousanne, Windrock Vineyard

44% Viognier, Windrock Vineyard

This wine is the best example yet of our Wall of Sound approach to winemaking.  Eight different wines went into creating this blend. Our goal was to make a wine that exhibits more complexity and layers of flavor than we could have achieved using simpler methods.  

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X-2

2017

100% Albariño

This wine is one of our “X-wines”, which reflect some of our experiments in winemaking.  Typically these are very low-production wines that explore a new or novel approach to fermentation or wine production.  The techniques involved may (or may not) find their way into our main blends in subsequent vintages.  The X-2 explores carbonic maceration of Albariño, and we are not aware of anyone else having ever done it before with Albariño.  Carbonic maceration is normally associated with certain red wines (especially Beaujolais), but rarely has it been used with white varieties.  It involves placing the intact grape clusters in a carbon dioxide rich environment and letting fermentation begin within the berries of intact grape clusters.  We blended in some stainless barrel-fermented Albariño to get us up to a whopping total of 17 cases.

2016 Vintage

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Blasphemy

2016

100% Chardonnay, from Donnachadh Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills.

100% Barrel fermented.

Aged in 25% new French Oak and 75% neutral French Oak.

Going back to the time of the Cistercian monks, the religion for making Chardonnay has been to just put it in an oak barrel and let God do the rest. Well… we deviated from that orthodoxy just a bit.  

92 Points – Purely Domestic Wine Report

91 Points – Vinous

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

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Barrel Distortion

2016

100% Albariño, from Plum Orchard Lane Vineyard, Templeton Gap District.

96% barrel-fermented.

43% in a neutral oak barrel.

53% in a stainless steel barrel.

4% fermented on the skins.

Most Albariños are made to be light, crisp, and aromatic, and are typically produced in large stainless steel tanks. We aimed for something a bit different.  

92 Points – The Wine Write

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

90 Points – Vinous

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA wine bottle

Variations on a Theme

2016

68% Sauvignon Blanc, from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara.

32% Marsanne, from Griva Vineyard, Arroyo Seco.

We’re all about variations on the theme of white wines, but this wine is also a blend of eight different variations on Sauvignon Blanc and Marsanne.     

92 Points – Purely Domestic Wine Report

91 Points – Vinous

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Monochrome Wines Paso Robles, CA wine bottle

Wall of Sound

2016

52% Viognier, from Shokrian Vineyard, Santa Barbara County.

48% Roussanne, from Zaca Mesa Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley.

This wine is the best example yet of our Wall of Sound approach to winemaking.  Eight different wines went into creating this blend. Our goal was to make a wine that exhibits more complexity and layers of flavor than we could have achieved using simpler methods.  

92 Points – Purely Domestic Wine Report

92 Points – Vinous

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast

92 Points – The Wine Write

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Analog in a Digital Age

2016

81% Marsanne, from Griva Vineyard, Arroyo Seco. Marsanne fermented and aged in an Amphora.

19% Chardonnay, from Donnachadh Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills.  Fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels.

Technology has brought us a lot of great things, but sometimes a bit of magic is lost along the way.   

93 Points – The Wine Write

92 Points – Purely Domestic Wine Report

92 Points – Vinous

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast

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X-1

2016

100% Sauvignon Blanc, from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara

25% skin fermented

75% barrel fermented (stainless)

At Monochrome, we like to experiment.  A lot.  Each vintage, we hope to release a very small quantity of one of our experimental efforts to give wine lovers a chance to try something totally different.