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Tintype, “Snapshot” RedAnderson Valley & El Dorado, California 2017 (750mL)  |  FREE Shipping on any 6 bottles!

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Tintype, “Snapshot” Red Anderson Valley & El Dorado, California 2017 (750mL)

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Today, I want to do things a bit differently: This wine doesn’t need a dramatic monologue or a paragraphs-deep, comprehensive look into terroir and history. It doesn’t need hyperbole or any mentions of critical praise. All it needs is a concise narrative explaining just how delightfully refreshing and enjoyable it is. “Snapshot” is a masterful fusion between two of my favorite French grapes, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, that was raised naturally in old French barrels.  Honestly, the results are so fascinating and sublime, I was left scratching my head wondering why this blend isn’t done more often!

With Pinot coming from a naturally farmed vineyard in cool-climate Anderson Valley and Cabernet Franc from the Sierra Nevada Foothills, this is a deeply thirst-quenching, no-frills red that speaks to the purity of sustainable farming and unmanipulated winemaking. Each sip is so supple, polished, and impossibly delicious, but that’s what great wines do—they make the winemaking aspect seem effortless. So, while I can't stop you from crawling your way through the bottomless pits of $30-and-less wine, I can confidently say that “Snapshot” is about as pretty, soft, and non-obtrusive as it gets. After spending years perfecting the blend, today’s 2017 represents Tintype’s grand debut. We’re in possession of 25 of the 203 cases produced, and we wish we could keep about 20 for ourselves. 

I don’t know about you, but “Snapshot” is exactly what everyone in our office needed. A reset, a “let’s enjoy this quietly and relax” wine that requires little-to-no-thought. I say this, however, with no disrespect—in fact, quite the opposite. Crafting wines that allow you to simply sit there and savor/admire them without any judgment are far and few between because they’re hard to master. That’s why Tintype impressed us so much: We had no idea who they were (Nick Johnson and Abigail Vorce) or where they were making wine (a small urban cellar in Oakland), we just immensely appreciated what was in the glass. We later learned that a bicycle trip in France inspired them to craft their first vintage in 2014. By using sustainably farmed vineyard sources around northern California and crafting wines in traditional, non-interventionist styles, they’ve found a strong admirer in SommSelect. 

A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc from El Dorado County (Sierra Foothills) and 40% Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley (Mendocino), today’s “Snapshot” fermented naturally in open-top containers with a light pump-over and punch-down regimen. Upon completion, the wine was gently transferred into used French oak barrels for 13 months of undisturbed aging. Bottling occurred without any fining or filtration, and a modicum of sulfur was added to ensure flawless preservation. Because of the “natural” qualities at play here, we recommend a 10-minute flash decant before serving in Burgundy stems around 55-60 degrees. The wine reveals a deep bright ruby red with slight pink accents and spills out jaw-droppingly pure aromatics: wild raspberry, candied cherry, redcurrants, ripe plums, wild strawberry, fresh herbs, rose, violets, crushed rock, and hints of exotic spice. This is ultra-soft, edge-free wine that glides across the palate from start to finish. You won’t find a single blemish on the palate—only resoundingly pure, cooling fruit that releases a waterfall of endorphins. Just relax when enjoying this, forget about the chaotic state of the world and appreciate the simple things. Cheers. 



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  • CountryUSA
  • RegionCalifornia / Sierra Foothills & Mendocino
  • Sub-RegionEl Dorado (Cabernet Franc) & Anderson Valley (Pinot Noir)
  • SoilDecomposed Granite (El Dorado) & Gravelly Clay Loam (Anderson Valley)
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendCabernet Franc 60%, Pinot Noir 40%
  • Alcohol13%
  • OakNeutral French Barrels
  • Service Temp.55-60° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkNow-2022+
  • Decanting15 Minutes
  • PairingCrispy Fried Eggplant

  • CountryUSA
  • RegionCalifornia / Sierra Foothills & Mendocino
  • Sub-RegionEl Dorado (Cabernet Franc) & Anderson Valley (Pinot Noir)
  • SoilDecomposed Granite (El Dorado) & Gravelly Clay Loam (Anderson Valley)
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendCabernet Franc 60%, Pinot Noir 40%
  • Alcohol13%
  • OakNeutral French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 55-60° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2022+
  • Decanting15 Minutes
  • PairingCrispy Fried Eggplant

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