Come ride life's waves, one sunset at a time.
It's been a long time since we released something this rare, but this wine was worth the wait. A bodacious blend of Tempranillo and Graciano, this one-time bottling was hand-made for all you surfers and sunset chasers out there.
Of the many beautiful things to come from Spain, Tempranillo is one of our favorites. It's up there with the works of Goya and jamón ibérico. Its herbaceous, fruit-forward nature makes it an excellent food-pairing grape, and its tannic structure makes for graceful aging and velvety textures. And lucky for you, we know where to get the best Tempranillo in California.
Under the stewardship of viticultural legend Ann Kraemer, Shake Ridge Ranch is one of the most iconic vineyards in the United States. Rooted in ancient volcanic soils, at 1,800 feet of elevation, Ann farms this site with sustainable practices and the mastery that only somebody with her experience is capable of. The alpine air creates a longer growing season, helping our fruit develop fresh acidity, plush texture, and amplified flavors. Add in a splash of Graciano for color and spice, and you get a creation to be stoked about.
Crack open the wax-dipped top and paddle in. Once poured, deep garnet hues fill a rim of vibrant ruby red color. Sink your nose in and soak in the medley of dark cherries, ripe plums, violets, and dried herbs. Once it's time to kick back and take a sip, you'll soak in intense flavors of cherries, blackberries, and plum gently hugged by tobacco and leather. The wine's structure is well-defined, with medium-plus tannins that are velvety in texture, and a balanced acidity that ensures freshness and longevity. Oh, and that finish? It'll linger like a California sunset.
Sundown Somewhere captures the melancholy beauty of fleeting moments, the wistfulness of endings, and the hope that arises with every sunset — because even as the sun dips below one horizon, it heralds the dawn elsewhere.
For a wine this poetic, we turned to a fabled name in the world of art and surf: Cliff Summers. A true, sun-kissed golden boy, Cliff was synonymous with California surf culture throughout the '70s and '80s, catching waves by day and capturing their essence in watercolor by night. His abstract renditions, swirling with deep blues and sunlit golds and pinks, weren’t merely depictions of the ocean but were reflections of the raw, unbridled spirit of the surfers and the sea they danced upon.
By the '80s, Summers had become a prominent, but mysterious, figure amongst California's artistic community and with surfers across its iconic beaches. With a daring spirit akin to Laird Hamilton and the poetic introspection of Hemingway, Summers lived by the idea that if you can't control the wave, you can always ride it.
Summers' modern-day whereabouts remain a mystery to all but a small group of surfers. Some say you can catch him riding the last set off the shore of Haleʻiwa, some say he caught a wave to Mexico. Wherever he is, we know he's chasing a sundown somewhere.