We know him, we love him – this is the newest addition to Ernst Storm’s lineup and wanted our club members to be the first to taste. This Grand Marque Rouge is inspired by the Rhône Valley and is crafted from a Grenache-dominant blend (66%) rounded out with equal parts Mourvèdre and Syrah. Think of it like Old World inspiration meets New World fruit in the best way possible.
Sustainable farming practices, family-owned, native yeast fermentation, minimal intervention, and minimal SO2.
Rooted in the hills of Santa Barbara County, Storm Wines emphasizes old world influences and new world techniques. The Mediterranean climate, diverse soils, and exciting new opportunities in this budding Central Coast wine region have combined to drive Ernst’s passion for producing his wine. You’re invited to experience the unique personality of both vintage and site in Storm Wines. Our wines are truly handcrafted using a combination of Old and New World winemaking techniques. They express the unique qualities our fruit embodies due to its local environment. South African winemaker Ernst Storm first came to Santa Barbara in 2003 after finishing his studies at Elsenburg Agricultural School in the Western Cape. He didn’t know anyone or much about the area, but he wanted to experience a harvest somewhere new and climatically similar to the Western Cape. “I wanted to work in an area where I was able to make more classically-styled wines. I set out from the beginning to try and establish a philosophy around a certain style and Santa Barbara offered that.” Classically-styled wines tend to be grown in cooler climates and are fresher, lower in alcohol and capture where they are from. Storm produces about 2,000 cases annually, focusing on classically-styled wines from sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and syrah. I asked Ernst why he focuses on small production and his answer was simple. “I am able to do most of the winemaking myself. Which I feel you can’t do anymore once you reach a certain size.” He expanded, telling me that “…if you keep it small, you can treat every wine you make, like it’s the only wine.” This mentality and dedication to craft is one of the reasons we started Argaux in the first place, and it’s one of the reasons we’ve enjoyed working with Ernst since the beginning.
CENTRAL COAST, CALIFORNIA
When we speak of Central Coast, CA were including numerous diverse regions from Santa Cruz down through Santa Barbara counties. This encompasses smaller areas such as Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, Monterey AVA, Paso Robles AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The Central Coast is responsible for many great value wines from a multitude of grape varietals depending on the climate within the specific designated areas. From the coastal AVA’s with influence from the fog and cooling effects, you will find Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The inland AVA’s are much warmer, like Paso Robles, so look here for outstanding Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, or Rhône-style blends.
Extremely limited availability! Emidio Pepe has a cult following for his non-conventional winemaking techniques that have made the estate and wines legendary. Major wine publications have anticipated that this wine will reach its peak drinking window from 2013-2031 – meaning now’s the time to jump!
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, no additives and no added sulfites.
Favoring lots of Oregon tones this is a classic example of Pacific Northwest Pinot Noir. It has an extremely smooth texture and layers of red fruit followed by earth that makes it complex. This Pinot punches way above its weight.
Organic farming practices and only 140 cases produced.
This Beaujolais-inspired Malbec is exciting and oh so fresh. Fair warning, this could be your new favorite chillable red – seriously, we would drink a lot more Malbec if they all tasted like this.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, natural winemaking, unfined/unfiltered, vegan-friendly, and only 1,250 cases produced.
Bright and zingy on the nose, this wine screams to be enjoyed with a variety of foods. We like to call it the ultimate dinner party wine. Serve slightly chilled.
Sustainably farmed and only 120 cases produced.