When it comes to Malbec, even the California artisan winemaker festival looks to Argentina! We are excited to be pouring at this festival of Garagiste winemakers on July 12th. Read our interview below, join us on July 12th if you can, and come back here for more postings after the event.
What was your first vintage year?
How many cases do you make per vintage?
2012 we made 75 cases
2013 estimated 150 cases
2014 estimated 300 cases
How did you get your start in the winemaking business?
The three of us share a passion for travel, food, and, of course, wine. Argentina was a place that we had quickly fallen in love with on separate excursions. The wines coming out of Mendoza peaked our interest. Timing is everything. An opportunity to buy land and vines presented itself after a trip in 2010. We were fortunate to find a good partner/winemaker… and the rest is history.
What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery?
That’s a tough question. It’s probably different for all three of us. One thing we do have in common is that our most memorable wine experiences have been shared with great friends, great food… and great wine.
What varietals do you work with? Which varietal/wine is your favorite to make? Why?
Right now Malbec… in the near future Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Malbec grows extremely well in the high altitudes, sunshine and rocky soil of the Uco Valley.
What type of oak treatment do you use? Why?
French Oak with a combination of first use and neutral oak.
What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special?
While there are some 1500 wineries in the larger Mendoza region, it still seems rustic and untouched for the most part. Over the past few years, there has been significant investment due to the ideal growing conditions. Combine a world-class wine region with the Argentine food and culture, and there’s no place like it.
What’s the story behind your name/label?
Rule of Three is a principle in art, literature, philosophy – among other applications – that refers to the special emergent quality that appears when three elements are combined. In our case, what happens when you combine a specific grape vine with the altitude of the Uco Valley terrain, and add the unique microclimate of a given growing season? You get a story – and our Rule of Three 2012 Malbec is that story.
What it means to us is that we bring you a wine that respects the quality and nuances of the grapes, the sense of place, and time. This is our Terroir – what the Argentines call “Terruño”.
What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery?
Expect the unexpected.
We’re curious…do you even get tired of drinking your own wine? Is it considered bad form to dip into your inventory?
There’s nothing bad about enjoying the fruits of your labor! We have a saying, “Taste, talk, share and join us on our journey.” Wine is food and, like all food, should be shared and enjoyed as part of a larger conversation. So, our only requirement is that when opening a bottle, we do so with a group of people in the spirit of creating a shared experience.
Do you still have a day job?
Yes, all three of us have day jobs. We spend as much time as possible focused on our wine… guess that’s what late nights and weekends are for!