Populis Wines, Populis ‘Wabi-Sabi’



Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, 36% Syrah, 28% Carignane, 18% Zinfandel, 6% Pinot Noir, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Tempranillo, this wine has the backbone and rusticity of Italy and Southern France with the pop of fruit that only California brings to the table. Chill it down and drink it up!

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Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese idea of “perfectly imperfect.” As such, this natural wine pays homage to the amazingly quaffable table wines of Europe with its fresh, tart flavor and lighter-bodied nature. This wine would pair well with foods and is equally perfect for drinking on its own. Not complex, but fun and drinkable, chill this wine to around 60 degrees prior to opening and enjoy. 100% native yeast fermentation.

The living wine collective, Populis Wines, DIEGO ROIG, SAM BARON, SHAUNT OUNGOULIAN Organic, Natural
Populis is the love child of three winemaking school friends, Diego Roig, Sam Baron, and Shaunt Oungoulian. Populis was born from the desire to make lighthearted, naturally made, extremely drinkable wines from exciting vineyard sites throughout California. We partner with farmers who grow organically, many of whom dry farm historic, old vine vineyards.

They came together and created The Living Wines Collective. This conversation begins with Shaunt Oungoulian, in whose parents’ basement is the winery where all wines are produced. The collective was born when they returned to their native California from apprenticeships abroad and realised that there was a huge void to fill when it came to finding wines made naturally from organically grown grapes. These friends make wine under three labels: Elizia (Martha and Diego Roig), Les Lunes (Sam Baron and Shaunt Oungoulian) and Populis (all four of them). One of the vineyards is remarkable. Located at the base of Mt. Lassen the Dobson vineyard resides at the southernmost point of the Cascade Range. The soils are from the Cohasset series, which are deep clay loams formed from decomposed volcanic rock. Mt. Lassen has been active for millions of years, giving very heterogeneous and complex soils in this area. Shaunt, Sam, and their other partners now encompass the natural winemaking efforts that bind their efforts and aspirations.

A frisky “field blend” of perfectly organically-grown old vine grapes, without pesticides or herbicides and made with as little winemaker intervention as possible. The bouquet is fresh with zesty blueberry, raspberry and a hint of licorice on the finish.