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CAST Creative Lab

 

Welcome to the CAST Creative Lab

We at CAST Wines have had some extra time over the past months and our creative juices (literally) have gone wild. We’ve used the time to explore new grape varietals and new forms of winemaking, the things you always wished you had the time to do. The result: four totally new wines that are completely out of the box for us. Each is just a barrel or so, only about 25 cases, so these will be limited in release to just within our membership for the curious and adventurous among you!

We’d like to invite you to embark on this new adventure with us and try out these wines. Think of this as a special “club within a club”, what we are referring to as the “CAST Creative Lab”. We’ll be releasing a wine per month over the next four months, and are already thinking about new wines to add next year…

 

 

THE FIRST RELEASE
First up is a wine we call “go your way”, our take on a Grenache Nouveau. It’s sourced from a small vineyard and made in a completely unique manner to produce a dynamite example of a fresh and zesty red wine. The vineyard, just two acres, is biodynamically farmed from vines supplied by legendary grower Randall Grahm, the original “Rhone Ranger.” We brought the fruit in and made the wine using the carbonic maceration process whereby the entire grape cluster is put into a stainless tank and sealed under a blanket of carbon dioxide. There, a unique type of enzymatic fermentation begins within the grapes themselves. This extracts delicate fruit and floral aromatics and flavors. The tank is opened and treaded by foot every day as native yeasts finish the job. The wine is bottled early with just a little of the natural CO2 and acidity to make it literally mouthwatering! This process captured the earthy quality and funkiness of an old world Grenache, but is produced in a new way that promotes the fresh and bright notes of the fruit  – a truly perfect blend of old and new world winemaking.

pick date-9/11/2020
48 case production
3.40 PH
11.53% alcohol
100% neutral Oak

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pét Nat Pinot

 

THE SECOND RELEASE

“Let’s Party” is a radiant new wine that we think you will love. Following on our successful release a few weeks ago of our “Grenache Nouveau” called “Go Your Way”, this new wine is our first take on a “pétillant naturel” or “Pét-Nat” of Pinot Noir from the Bacigalupi vineyard.

“Let’s Party” was crafted by hand in an ancient sparkling wine process resulting in this feisty, young, fruit forward, low tannin, playful way of revisiting the past. Full cluster fermentation.  Cherry notes on the palette. Orange blossom, Indian baking spices, high-tone cherry, dusty tannins on the finish.  A delightful wine.

“Let’s Party” 2020 Pét Nat Pinot Noir production notes. First, the Saignee! While crafting our popular and delicious Pinot Noir, we typically “bleed off” just a little bit of the juice from the tank of fermenting must. This leaves a higher skin-to-juice ratio for the main tank during fermentation, giving us the desired concentration and richness we seek in that wine. The French call this Saignee, literally translated as “to bleed”, and it leaves us with a rose colored bi-product wine, typically just used for “topping”.
The second step we then took was to keep this juice separate while it continued to ferment, and then, using an ancient process called the Méthode Ancestral, we bottled the wine while it was still fermenting, thus trapping in CO2, producing bubbles.

The last step is to riddle the sediment from the native yeast to the neck of the bottle, freeze it and disgorge the ice “plug”. All of this is done by hand, so very time consuming and labor intensive. But the result, a delicious Pétillant Naturel of Pinot Noir (frequently referred to as a “Pét Nat”) is worth it. If we hadn’t already committed these bottles, we probably would have just kept them for ourselves!

pick date-9/11/2020
34 case production
3.40 PH
12% alcohol
100% neutral Oak

 

 

 

CAST CREATIVE LAB RELEASE EVENTS (more coming)

First Release
Grenache Nouveau / 48 cases
Ship date : March 10th

Second Release
The Sunday May16th CAST Creative Lab event

When you subscribe to the CAST Creative Lab – or purchase the Pét Nat Pinot you will be receive an invitation to this special intimate evening of wine-tasting explorations featuring wines we’ve created from the storied Bacigalupi vineyards. Enjoy music, food – and of course, Pét Nat Pinot pick-ups.When : Sunday May 16th
from 4:00-6:00pm on the CAST Beach (flip flops encouraged)

What’s Included:
Barrel tasting of our 2020 Bacigalupi Pinot Noir (the source for our limited release Pét Net Pinot ),
2020 Pét Nat Pinot pours,
CAST’s Bacigalupi Pinot Noir tastings,
Special Rosé of Bacigalupi Pinot Noir (limited to this event only).

Delicious snacks provided for by Chef JOpel
Live music by Dustin Saylor Music | Country Folk. Singer. Song Writer.

reserve now

 

Third Release 
June 25th  : White Zin Day Party / 30 cases
Ship date :  TBD
June 25th  times TBD reserve now

Third Release / 43 cases
July 11th : “Be fearless” : Bring some swagger and toast to the independent spirit in all of us.
Ship date :  TBD
Celebrating the release on the Old Vine Zinfandel Pét-Nat
July 11th  times TBD reserve now

 

 

 

 

There are two ways to access CAST Creative Lab Wines:

SUBSCRIBE: Purchase a Subscription to CAST Creative Lab and be guaranteed all 4 of these rare releases.

$600.00
(8 bottles + includes shipping, special CCL events, no discounts are available for this exclusive offering)

 

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PURCHASE BY RELEASE:
 Purchase this current release and you’ll automatically become an exclusive member of CCL. You’ll be first to access to the following releases and be invited to free virtual tastings with Ashley. 
$150.00
(2 bottles + includes shipping, no discounts are available for this exclusive offering)

Included for all:  Connect with like-minded adventurers in our included virtual tasting with winemaker Ashley and learn more about how this wine came to be, get introduced to an emerging wine movement and share your tasting and pairing experiences.