Nicholas Pearce introduces Scribe Winery, an innovative Sonoma family owned operation.
It has taken us at Nicholas Pearce Wines
seven years to find a Californian winery that truly fits our style, philosophy and mantra. Finally, we are ever so proud to introduce to Ontario a true game-changing winery based in Sonoma.
- Young, fun, passionate vignerons / entrepreneurs
- Cool climate / volcanic soils,
- Integrated / sustainable farming
- Wild ferments in concrete tanks / eggs.
- Constant experimentation & evaluation.
- Working in harmony with mother nature
- Pushing the appellation to new heights.
Scribe Winery in Sonoma, Calif. produces vibrant, terroir-driven wines. The winery-founded in 2007 on a property that pioneered pre-prohibition Sonoma Valley winemaking-is managed by fourth-generation California farmers and brothers, Andrew and Adam Mariani. They believe that the best wines are a result of a healthy relationship between man and nature, and that a vineyard managed in harmony with the greater ecosystem results in more site-specific wines that represent a sense of time and place. When vinified with non-interventionist methods, the result is a distinct wine that faithfully reflects what the vineyard naturally expresses.
We have a small allocation and are placing our first orders ASAP for delivery this fall. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this first order and allocation.
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SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY LAUNCH PRICE GUIDE
2014 Scribe Carneros Chardonnay – $50
Bright canary-straw yellow color that transitions beautifully to a full bodied, rich Chard with light buttery flavors and a rounded earth finish. Great wine. Carneros is a unique region that has a foot in both the Sonoma and Napa counties, though the lion’s share lies in Sonoma. The area reaches along the low hills of the Mayacamas Mountain range and into the San Pablo Bay. It’s a decidedly cool climate thanks to coastal fog and the Pacific Ocean. Pinot Noir and sparkling wines are the focus here, with Merlot, Syrah, and Chardonnay also strong performers.
2014 Scribe Estate Chardonnay – $60
This is a fresh interpretation of classic California winemaking–farmed here on the estate in rich Huichica loam, composed over time by volcanic, rhyolitic ash from the nearby Mayacamas range. After a series of trials and experiments in our early years, we eventually decided to age all of our Chardonnay in Sonoma-made concrete tanks, allowed to rest on its heavy lees as long as possible without any oak barrel contact. It all adds up to a powerful, mineral white wine, full of earth tones that expresses our distinctive geological history.
2015 Scribe “Skin Fermented” Chardonnay (500ml) – $60
Made, technically, in an orange wine style, this experimental white is a must for any serious wine geek. The chardonnay sees extended skin contact time and is fermented and aged in concrete eggs. There is a purposefully oxidative, nutty aroma on the nose, with plenty of apple skin and fresh fruit on the palate. Unlike many overdone orange wines, the Scribe Skin Fermented Chardonnay is understated and just simply delicious.
2014 Scribe Carneros Pinot Noir – $65
“Just as the estate vines were taking root, we first made Pinot Noir on the flats of our Carneros farm in 2007, composed of equal parts of two California heritage clones ideal for the region’s dense clay: Martini and Pommard. The Martini grapes add spice and fresh, high tones complemented by the Pommard’s natural earthiness. Vinification methods are the same as our Estate Pinot–fermented with native, wild yeast in concrete or steel then aged in neutral oak barrels for about six months; but, compared to its counterpart, the Carneros Pinot ends up expressing a softer, more delicate touch and feel.” Carneros is a decidedly cool climate thanks to coastal fog and the Pacific Ocean. Pinot Noir and sparkling wines are the focus here, with Merlot, Syrah, and Chardonnay also strong performers.
2014 Scribe Estate Pinot Noir – $75
The rhyolitic soils of the coolest, lowest block on the Scribe farm give our Estate Pinot its distinctive power and structure. It’s a sharp counterpart to our Carneros Pinot, considering the vinification methods are essentially the same. Fermented with native yeasts in concrete and stainless steel, the wine is then aged in neutral oak barrels for six months and remains unfiltered before bottling. A bold representation of what our land here in Sonoma naturally expresses, and vice versa.
2013 Scribe Cabernet Sauvignon – $99
Our Cabernet grows along the eastern slope of Atlas Peak in Napa, on an isolated vineyard composed of gravelly, volcanic soil and surrounded by lush California wilderness. Positioned above the fog line at an elevation of 1600 ft., the east and southeast-facing site sees cool morning sun followed by shade from the bright afternoon heat provided by the ridgeline. Even for this bigger style of mountain Cabernet, our approach to winemaking remains consistent–fruit is harvested when sugar levels are low to balance the wine’s powerful structure and depth with a light layer of brightness. Our limited production is vinified in steel and aged in oak barrels until ready for allocation.
All wines ship in cases of 12 bottles direct from source to your cellar.
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The Scribe Story
Scribe Winery has been turning heads in the wine world since opening in 2009. Owners, and brothers, Adam and Andrew Mariani are 4th generation farmers producing vibrant wines that express an unmistakable sense of place unique to Northern California, particularly Sonoma. The Mariani brothers grew up in Winters, California farming walnuts and almonds, and enjoyed it enough that they longed for a life in agriculture. After working at wineries in Europe, they came back to the U.S. to make wine from their own winery in Carneros.
In 2007, the Mariani brothers acquired a former turkey farm with 256 acres three miles east of the Sonoma Town Square in Carneros. Neighbor to Gundlach Bundschu, their property’s history dates back to 1857 when Emil Dresel and his brother Julius established the wine estate. (The Dresels may have planted the first Riesling and Silvaner in the U.S.) For the first few years, Adam and Andrew worked hard to restore and revitalize the estate. Mountains of debris, derelict sheds, invasive plants and acres of poison oak had to be torn out and discarded. New vines of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were planted. In addition, they planted Riesling and Silvaner, to respect the estate’s history. Today, a total of 35 acres are planted to vines. In addition to growing vines, Scribe has an acre of organic fruits and vegetables as well as an apiary to help pollinate everything. In addition to their estate vineyards, the Mariani brothers lease a vineyard in Napa Valley on Atlas Peak, which they call Scribe Outpost East.
The volcanic, ashy and mineral-rich soils of the cool-climate Sonoma region are ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The southwest border of Scribe’s property marks the dividing line between the Carneros and Sonoma Valley viticultural appellations, while its northeast border sits on the Sonoma and Napa line. These man-made divisions were inspired by a natural transition between ecological communities. Scribe is an ecotone, a distinct microclimate created by the convergence of San Pablo Bay marine influence, Petaluma Gap winds and the steep herbaceous terrain of Arrowhead Mountain.
The Marianis believe that the best wines are the result of a healthy relationship between man and nature, and that a vineyard managed in harmony with the greater ecosystem results in more site specific, terroir driven grapes. They practice what they call “Forever Wild Farming,” which aims to integrate their farming and the existent wild ecosystem. Biodiversity on the land improves the ecosystem health; the habitat becomes a corridor for beneficial insects and birds whose prey are common vineyard pests, thus alleviating the need for pesticides and fertilizers. Wild yeast is used for all fermentation.
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