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It is a great pleasure to be sharing the amazing wines from Sanguis with you. Winemaker Matthias Pippig’s first release from Sanguis was in 2005 having worked at various other estates including Sine Qua Non. Although there are several parallels to be drawn between Sanguis and SQN, both in winemaker and wine, this is a comparison Matthias is eager to play down due to his desire for his wines to be judged on merit rather than reputation.

“The packaging of these outstanding offerings from proprietor Matthias Pippig is reminiscent of that of Elaine and Manfred Krankl’s Sine Qua Non (i.e., hand-painted labels and heavy, over-sized bottles). Moreover, the wines are top-notch” Robert Parker

“My tasting with Matthias Pippig was a big one, and the lineup is loaded with outstanding wines” Jeb Dunnock, The Wine Advocate

“The transformation at Sanguis over the last few years has been nothing short of remarkable…”Antonio Galloni

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Based in Santa Barbara, Matthias sources fruit from choice vineyard sites across the Santa Rita Hills, Alisos Canyon and Santa Maria, working largely with Rhone varietals. Wanting to make wines that reflect both vintage conditions and terroir, there is not a consistent “set” of wines, released year on year. Instead, with the odd exception, each wine released is given a unique name. 

Sanguis was not on our radar until a conversation with a sommelier in Seattle last year. He spoke with such enthusiasm about what Matthias was doing, I decided to follow up. We were blown away by the samples that made the long journey over from California. Each wine had its own unique personality and we were hooked. Although several opportunities had presented themselves to RDFW since it was founded in 2008, it wasn’t until we tried these wines from Sanguis that we were desperate to become exclusive UK agents. We think these wines are truly special and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

2012 Chinese Fortunes. The Santa Ynez Valley provides a full spectrum of climactic conditions which, in some part, explains the blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Chardonnay. The Roussanne is fermented on its skins and is married with the other three varietals which were co-fermented. In total, the Chinese Fortunes spent 26 months in barrel. As you would expect, there is a full range of flavours and textures on display here, from rich and floral to crisp and citrusy. A truly individual wine, balanced and intriguing.

2013 Loner R13-a Pinot Noir. 100% Pinot Noir from the John Sebastiano Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, home of some of California’s most distinctive Pinot Noir. 30% whole cluster fermentation with native yeasts. This spent 18 months in barrel, none of which is new, with minimal racking to maintain a silky texture. Initially, this is deep and brooding but time in the glass reveals what the Loner is all about. Bright cherry and raspberry notes emerge which are framed by subtle smoky and earthy notes. Perfectly judged acidity and tannin complete this fine example of Californian Pinot.

2013 My Soul is Rested. Few wines could sum up the diversity of the Santa Ynez Valley as well as this. Roughly 15% Syrah and 5% Grenache with the balance made up of equal parts Petite Syrah and Roussanne. I would say the Petite Syrah is the protagonist here, providing the framework for one of the most profound blends imaginable. The Roussanne provides its own layer of aromatic complexity while the Syrah and Grenache add to the wine’s texture. This wine takes a while in the decanter to wake up, but it is well worth the wait! Big, dark, juicy and silky.

2012 Verve Grenache. Although labelled a Grenache, there is around 20% Syrah here with a tiny drop of Viognier and Roussanne. The fruit is sourced from Santa Rita Hills and Alisos Canyon and is co-fermented, around 20% as whole clusters. In total, the Verve saw 23 months in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. Again, this takes a little while to reveal its full level of complexity. From light red fruit through to cassis, from lifted floral notes through to crushed rocks and spices, it’s all going on here.

2012 Pilgrim Syrah. This is one of the many wines that has given 2012 such a good reputation. A 100% Syrah from the Bien Nacido Vineyard and a truly memorable experience. A pure expression of Californian Syrah with layer upon layer of olive tapenade, roasted figs, smoked meats, dried herbs…the list is as long as you can keep it in your glass. A treat to enjoy today but this gem is just getting started. Every bottle of this should be cherished.

2011 Misfit Syrah. This is an excellent example of Californian Syrah that manages intense richness whilst remaining light on its feet. Toasty notes and dried herbs are perfectly balanced by the lush, dark fruit flavours. An ideal place to start your education of the wines of Sanguis.

Professional Acclaim

Pilgrim Syrah 2012
“Another beautiful wine that excels for its purity and seamless texture, the 2012 Syrah Pilgrim has an approachable, sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, vanilla bean, white chocolate, pepper and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and elegant, with no hard edges and terrific purity of fruit, it can be drunk now or cellared for 7-8 years. The blend is 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier and it was mostly destemmed and spent 30 months in 40% new French oak.” 93, Wine Advocate
“Another sumptuous wine, the 2012 Pilgrim (Syrah) presents a distinctly more red-toned and aromatically intense, pungent expression of Syrah. Red stone fruits, pomegranate, mint, cinnamon, cherry jam and wild flowers abound. Supple and dense yet also quite nuanced for a wine with this much intensity, the 2012 is very nicely done.” 94, Galloni

Verve Grenache 2012
“The 2012 Verve (Grenache) opens with super-expressive aromatics and bright, punchy fruit. Varietal elements are amped up in an intense, racy Grenache that delivers outstanding intensity. The fruit sources are John Sebastiano and Watch Hill, a winning combination in my book. What a gorgeous wine this is.” 93, Galloni

Chinese Fortunes 2012
“The 2012 Chinese Fortunes, a white Rhône blend, offers a compelling mélange of candied orange peel, honey, mint and butter. Rich and voluptuous on the palate, the 2012 delivers tons of flavor intensity, but with no excess weight. The flavors are decidedly intense, something that will only increase with time in bottle. Chinese Fortunes is 65% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne, 8% Chardonnay and 2% Viognier, done mostly in 400 and 500-liter barrels.” 91, Galloni

Misfit Syrah 2011
“In the same ball park quality-wise (as the 2011 Mule), the 2011 Misfit is 100% Syrah that's from the Bien Nacido and John Sebastiano vineyards. Spending 28 months in 60% new French oak prior to bottling, it has juicy berry, olive, peppered steak and hints of gaminess to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich and nicely textured style on the palate. There's bright acidity here, but it's nicely integrated and adds freshness to the finish. It's already up-front and delicious, and should be enjoyed over the coming 4-5 years.” 92, Jeb Dunnock
“(70% new French oak and 14.3% alcohol): Bright purple. Ripe black and blue fruit aromas are lifted and sharpened by peppery spices and smoky minerals.  Powerful yet lively on the palate, offering vibrant boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight and turn spicier with air.  Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the fruit-driven, gently tannic finish, with an emphasis on juicy blue fruit and spicecake elements.” 91, Josh Raynolds.