LXV "2019 the JEWEL" Sangiovese/Petit Verdot blend - an ode to Biondi Santi!


It was in the sacrosanct courtyard of Enoteca la Fortezza in Mantalcino that I tasted, in complete silence, the very last vintage of Biondi Santi by the man himself- 2010 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. Every sip was revered and reinforced my resolution to make a wine that remains a tribute to the maestro.

Today, we are celebrating our new release:

2019 "the Jewel"

(74% Sangiovese, 26% Petit Verdot)

Lighter, yet luscious, with bright acidity, this is the red wine for warmer days and balmy evenings.

Sangiovese's rustic tendencies are polished by the unabashed lushness of the Petite Verdot to create a multi-faceted wine that shines first in the glass, then in the complex clarity of the nose, and finally shows depth and elegance on the palate.

In winemaker Jeff Strekas' words, “... the nose on the wine shouts ollaliberries and blackberries with underlying notes of cassia, nutmeg, and cloves.  As the first sip hits your palette, notes of ripe red cherries hit, followed by a stream of Madagascar Vanilla Bean. The experience ends with the hefty structure and focus that is driven by the Petit Verdot."

Vineyards of Sangiovese

The Sangiovese is coming from Camp 4 Vineyard down in Santa Ynez on Chumash Tribe Reservation. Camp 4 is a warmer site for Santa Ynez - right at the opening of Happy Canyon. The soil in this vineyard is mainly loam, which adds a brightness to the Sangiovese - exactly how we want our Sangio to be! 

We are getting the Petit Verdot from Paso’s very own ONX Estate Vineyard, in the Templeton Gap District. This vineyard is home to various soils (calcareous and sandy, gravelly loam) and has some of the most intense dynamic temperature swings of all Paso Robles AVAs. 

The LXV Spice Pairing

We are pairing the Jewel with our beautiful Wild Venus Spice blend (Porcini & Shitake mushroom, soy Tamari Powder, Black Garlic, and other spices). The Porcini and Shitake mushrooms have an earthiness, dryness, and dustiness that harmonize perfectly with the Sangiovese. The soy Tamari powder in the spice blend matches the higher acidity of the wine. The wine and spice are going parallel with each other to create a pleasant experience for the taster. 

The LXV Recipe with Wild Venus

For our 2019 the Jewel and its spice accompaniment, Wild Venus, we created a beautiful Pork Tenderloin Recipe. The Wild Venus adds a subtle sense of earthiness along with a depth of flavor. Here is the full recipe...


1 ½  Pounds pork tenderloin

¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil

2 Teaspoons Wild Venus

¼ Teaspoon sea salt

Pepper to taste


¼ Cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 ½ Tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 

1 ½ Tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme 

3 Tablespoons finely grated lemon peel

2 Garlic cloves, finely minced 

⅓ Cup extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the tenderloin from packaging, pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkling the Wild Venus over the tenderloin, coating both sides of the meat. Then rub the pork with dry hands, gently pressing the seasoning into the meat so that it adheres to the tenderloin in an even layer. 

Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and heat until the oil shimmers. Put tenderloin in the pan and sear each side around 5-7 minutes, until a golden brown crust forms. 

Transfer the tenderloin to the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Remove from the oven and tent with aluminum foil, allowing it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. 

While the tenderloin is resting add the parsley, rosemary, thyme, lemon zest, garlic, and olive oil to a small bowl and whisk together. 

Slice the tenderloin and serve with the gremolata drizzled over the top. 

Click here for more LXV Recipes. 


To buy 2019 Jewel: https://bit.ly/3xaHE3k

About LXV: Named as one of the top five things to do when you visit Paso Robles, LXV Wine is a unique Wine Tasting and Spice Pairing experience, with premium wines focusing on Willow Creek Appellation and other coveted vineyards in California.





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