2020 Scotty Boy 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'
Grapes: 65% Grenache Noir, 35% Grenache Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming at the Spear Vineyard (Noir) + Tres Hermanas Vineyard (Blanc); full carbonic fermentation with 18 days on skins!; pressed to tank and settled for 6 months; bottled unfined, unfiltered with no added So2; zero-zero; 15% ABV; 506 cases
Winemaker: Scott Sampler
Another killer wine from Scott Sampler, AKA Scotty Boy! A refresher on his story: Scott grew up in LA during the 1970s and ’80s, with an Italian-American mother and African-American, World War II–vet-turned-commercial/fine-artist father, eating his Italian grandma's red sauce. He migrated north for college, getting his degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley, where he got sucked into the Bay Area farmer's market, Chez Panisse-heydey food scene. After moving back to LA for a job in the film industry, he found himself drawn more and more into wine, eventually getting the winemaking bug and launching his own label. But he relates winemaking to food, inspired by his Berkeley days – cooking low and slow, keeping things pure and simple from farm to table. In his own red sauce and now, in his wines, from vineyard to glass.
His launched The Central Coast Group Project – easier to call it CCGP – in 2012, an inclusive name that reflects how Scott sees the process of farming and harvesting the grapes, to making and then drinking the wine, as true collective involvement. His website states, "Members of our (CCGP) Group include (in no particular order) friends, family, financiers, vineyard owners & managers, field workers, truck drivers, scientists, philosophers, the history of wine & winemakers, artists, chefs, sommeliers, bottle shops, and you." Love this. Scott's winemaking, which blends the anti-establishment ethos of punk rock with old-school techniques from classic regions such as Barolo, is about measured risk, and pushing boundaries without veering into weird territory.
'Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (& Breakfast & lunch!)' is wild, like the disco-era booze fest suggested on the label. It's a carbonic coferment of pristine, organic Grenache Noir and Blanc that came in at higher brix (riper) because of the hotter-then-normal vintage. Lush, languid and a little dirty, like the sultry, sweaty morning after a long night in Medellín, this wine is rich and decadent. Dripping with ripe, sticky fruit, it's got plush tannins, intoxicating aromatics, and a little something extra that says "new money". Yes its over the top, but also delicious, a joyful bottle for parties and natural wine extremists.