For those who pride themselves on being on the Zeitgeist of California wines, Dirty and Rowdy Wine Company is no stranger. Hardy Wallace and his wife Kate Graham along with Atlanta based husband and wife, Matt and Amy Richardson are the team behind this singular winery. Hardy as winemaker has instincts and techniques that are considered outlandish in the conservative confines of the Napa Valley. There is no recipe. Every year they find consciously farmed vineyards, nail down picking decisions as they go and basically stay out of the way of the wine as much as possible. Not hamstrung by dogma or tradition they try to produce wine as naturally as possible that speaks to the conditions and places where they are grown. It all started when Hardy moved to California and began working with the iconic Cathy Corison in Napa Valley. It was in 2010, when Hardy teamed up with Matt, his old friend from the ATL and founded Dirty & Rowdy. With a focus on working with southern French grape varieties, specifically Sémillon and Mourvèdre, Dirty & Rowdy has taken not only the country but the world by storm creating wines as sought after in London as they are in New York City. When Southern French winemakers come to the shop they always ask if we can get some Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre for them, which is often rather difficult considering how in demand they are.
Aromatic , Earthy , Minerally