Created to provide the perfect white wine companion to The Prisoner, Blindfold is bold and intriguing. In establishing our own spin on a white blend, winemaker Jen Beloz and her team sought out interesting Rhône and aromatic varietals that would nicely complement a classic Chardonnay base.
The resulting wine is a blend of Los Carneros Chardonnay with Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc from the Central Coast with a finish of Chenin Blanc and Semillon. The wine is complex and delicious featuring aromas of mandarin orange and honeydew melon with hints of marzipan and toasted hazelnut adding a layer of complexity.
We partner with phenomenal growers who are dedicated to cultivating alternative varietals such as Chenin Blanc and Semillon from vineyards in Northern California and Roussanne and Marsanne from our growers in Santa Barbara.
“This wine was a lot of fun to make as we were not constrained by a specific region or varietal. We used Chardonnay as our canvas and layered on interesting aromatic varietals that complimented the base to create something that is truly unlike anything out there.”
—Jen Beloz, Winemaker
Located on Pritchard Hill in Atlas Peak, Stagecoach is most well-known for its Cabernet, but also grows some incredibly versatile Rhône varietals. The Marsanne that we source from this vineyard adds aromatics and a crisp minerality to the wine. We also source Viognier from the Rodgers vineyard located in Yountville which adds intensity and a floral component to the wine.
The Sangiacomo family has been farming in the Carneros and Sonoma Valley areas since the 1950s. We work with three different blocks of this vineyard to add to the complexity and structure of Blindfold. Another source for the wine is one of the oldest estates in Sonoma Valley – the Kunde family which has over 100 years of history in the area. We source Viognier from a West facing slope of the vineyard which adds floral notes to the wine.
CAMP 4, VOGELZANG
Camp 4 in Santa Ynez overlooks horse farms and vineyards in a spectacular transverse valley. The Roussanne and Grenache Blanc grapes we source from here mature slowly due to the region's cool early season which ads weight and creaminess to the entry of the wine. The Vogelzang Vineyard is located in the heart of the Happy Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara County. This appellations characteristic afternoon marine breezes and fluffy gravelly loam soils, produce Viogniers full of exotic spice and character.