Member Only Wines

Membership in our Optimist Society guarantees you access to a collection of wines crafted exclusively for our Members. Below you will find our Member Only selections. For more information about the Optimist Society, please refer to the Membership page.

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2014 Pangloss White Blend

Cases Crafted: 266
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Like the Northern Rhone bottlings that serve as its inspiration, this wine balances crispness and rich mouthfeel. Viognier softens the blend and adds seductive aromatics; Grenache Blanc and Roussanne contribute fresh stone fruit flavors and tension. The wine is fermented inside concrete eggs, an inventive technique that adds weight and structure to the finished wine. It is then aged briefly in neutral French oak to accentuate its delicate texture. 46% Viognier, 28% Grenache Blanc, 26% Roussanne.

2015 Pangloss Chenin Blanc

Cases Crafted: 342
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We are excited to see this underappreciated wine making a California comeback. Chenin Blanc was once one of the most popular bottlings in America, but it took a backseat to Chardonnay in the 1980s. Fortunately its crisp, food-friendly charm is back in a big way. Part of the allure of Chenin Blanc is its natural minerality. To accentuate this mineral character, we ferment the wine inside egg-shaped concrete vessels. These barrel-sized eggs bring out an added richness that separates Chenin Blanc from other white wines.
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2015 Pangloss True North, Pinot Noir

Cases Crafted: 345
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The term “true north” refers to geography and direction. It’s a perfect way to describe our latest offering from the remote reaches of Anderson Valley. Some of the most compelling New World Pinot Noir is grown in this outpost near the Pacific Ocean. Our inaugural release comes from the northwestern corner of Anderson Valley, a coveted region known to Pinot Noir lovers as the “Deep End.” Its proximity to the coast funnels cool air into the vineyards, creating ideal conditions for elegant, nuanced wines. This one adds a bold dimension to our growing lineup of Pinot Noirs from Anderson Valley, illustrating the incredible spectrum of flavors it produces.
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2014 Pangloss Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard

Cases Crafted: 129
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The volcanic red soils of the Monte Rosso Vineyard epitomize the rustic style of wines that have been Sonoma’s signature since the 1800s. Even today, this vineyard symbolizes our home – rugged, vibrant and lasting. This Zinfandel expresses the richness and mouthfeel characteristic to its namesake. Monte Rosso Vineyard produces remarkably ageworthy Zinfandel, so don’t be afraid to cellar this wine. In time, you’ll be glad you did.

2014 Pangloss Syrah

Cases Crafted: 228
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Fans of our Rhône-inspired blends should definitely check out this inaugural offering. Syrah plays a supporting role in our popular Tenacity blend, but here it gets the opportunity to shine in the spotlight. Through his relationship with an acclaimed local grower, winemaker Erich Bradley accessed a coveted Syrah vineyard known for producing sophisticated, savory wines. It is Pangloss’ very first 100% Syrah, and we hope you love it as much as we do.

2013 Pangloss Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Rosso Vineyard

Cases Crafted: 297
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With this wine, we proudly honor Sonoma’s winemaking history. The Monte Rosso Vineyard has been at the epicenter of Sonoma viticulture since the first vines were planted there in the 1880s. It’s easy to see why when you taste this rich, crowd pleasing Cabernet Sauvignon – a beautiful expression of a vineyard in balance. As with other great Monte Rosso bottlings, we expect it to age gracefully for decades to come.
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2013 Pangloss Optimism

Cases Crafted: 205
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In his satirical novel Candide, Voltaire’s ever-hopeful character Dr. Pangloss famously concludes, “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.” In every vintage of Optimism we take the good doctor’s words to heart and set out to craft the best of all possible wines from our favorite barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and (occasionally) Cabernet Franc. The 2013 bottling is dominated by rich Cabernet Sauvignon, with a finishing touch of Merlot to soften the tannins and bring fruit to the forefront. Optimism captures the enthusiastic spirit of Pangloss – its name reflects our approach to making wine and celebrating Sonoma.
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2014 Pangloss Pinot Noir, Charles Vineyard 1.5L

Bottles Crafted: 24
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Our close friends Bill and Nancy Charles have meticulously farmed their 15-acre vineyard near the town of Boonville in Anderson Valley since 2001. In that time it has become one of the most sought-after sites for Pinot Noir in California, and we are very fortunate to have access to it. We harvest two specific blocks, both planted to the Pommard clone. This particular clone lends an earthy complexity that is one of the signatures of outstanding Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.