Created to provide the perfect white wine companion to The Prisoner, Blindfold is equally bold and intriguing. In establishing a creative white blend, Winemaker Jen Beloz and her team begin with a classic Chardonnay base, and blend in full-bodied and interesting aromatic white varieties (Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Marsanne).
The wine is complex with inviting aromas of honeysuckle, grilled white peach and apricot. A luscious entry of toasted hazelnut and mandarin are balanced by bright acidity and minerality. The finish is rich and creamy with flavors of lemon zest and caramelized sugar.
We partner with phenomenal growers who are dedicated to cultivating unique varieties in the most recognized regions throughout California. We source our Chenin Blanc from a vineyard in Mendocino, and Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier from our growers in Santa Barbara.
“This wine is a lot of fun to make as we were not constrained by a specific region or variety. 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
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 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 regions cool early season which adds 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.
We source Viognier from the Rodgers vineyard located in Yountville which adds intensity and a floral component to the wine.