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2021 CONTRAST

74% Chardonnay & 26% Sauvignon Blanc
$60

This vintage shines in the glass, a very enticing hay color scintillating with streaks of green. The nose is reminiscent of fresh apples, with a touch of guava. Once the initial aromas settle, the nose is awakened by notes of lemon swirl. On the palate this delicate yet minerally driven wine is lively with bright acidity and notes of pineapple and fresh exotic fruits. The texture is fresh and lively with a distinct but pleasant touch of chalky minerality.

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STORY

Contrast is a perfect example of what is possible in California but nearly outlawed in France: a co-ferment of Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to the “different & eclectic” offerings the Fabre brothers were looking to craft, Contrast is nearly the definition. 

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In France, these varietals from Bordeaux/Loire and Burgundy are competitors; in Paso Robles, their opposing terroirs and characteristics work in harmony to deliver a stunningly unique wine. Crafted in a Chablis/Sancerre style, most of the acidity and brightness is garnered from the Chardonnay, while the Sauvignon Blanc is allowed an extended ripening to bring about tropical notes.

2020 Vintage

69% Chardonnay & 31% Sauvignon Blanc

Drinking Window:
Now to 2025+

2019 Vintage

64% Chardonnay & 36% Sauvignon Blanc

Drinking Window:
Now to 2024+

2018 Vintage

60% Chardonnay & 40% Sauvignon Blanc

Drinking Window:
Now to 2029+

2017 Vintage

59% Sauvignon Blanc & 41% Chardonnay

Drinking Window:
Now to 2027+

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2020 CONTRAST

69% Chardonnay & 31% Sauvignon Blanc
$55

Contrast is characterized by a pale yellow gold coloring. Vibrantly aromatic, its nose explodes with notes of Meyer lemon zest, guava and honey framed by a fresh minerality.

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Bright on the front of the palate, Contrast opens up to a silky, mouthcoating texture and mineral-driven finish.

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STORY

Contrast is a perfect example of what is possible in California but nearly outlawed in France: a co-ferment of Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to the “different & eclectic” offerings the Fabre brothers were looking to craft, Contrast is nearly the definition.

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In France, these varietals from Bordeaux/Loire and Burgundy are competitors; in Paso Robles, their opposing terroirs and characteristics work in harmony to deliver a stunningly unique wine. Crafted in a Chablis/Sancerre style, most of the acidity and brightness is garnered from the Chardonnay, while the Sauvignon Blanc is allowed an extended ripening to bring about tropical notes.

2019 Vintage

64% Chardonnay, 36% Sauvignon Blanc

Tasting Notes:
Its mineral-accented nose opens with a lovely perfume of white peach, citrus blossom and beeswax, followed by hints of jasmine and fennel. Bright and focused on the palate with lip-smacking freshness, Contrast shows a silky mouth-coating texture with impressive energy and balance. With a mineral-driven finish, this white is not only expressive right now but will age beautifully over the next decade.

2018 Vintage

60% Chardonnay & 40% Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyards:
Solomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria and Parrish Family Vineyard, Adelaida

Soil Profile:
Sand and clay

Fermentation:
Co-fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks

Aging:
6 months in 25% new French Oak

Drinking Window:
Now to 2029+

2017 Vintage

59% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Chardonnay

Vineyards:
Solomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley and Parrish Family Vineyard, Adelaida

Soil Profile:
Sand and clay

Fermentation:
Co-fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks

Aging:
6 months in neutral oak

Drinking Window:
Now to 2027+

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