Praxis Cellars Pinot Noir, Viognier, Merlot & Lagrein - 4 Pack

by Wootbot

Our Philosophy Is, Let’s Have Another Glass

Aristotle, Augustine, Kant, Marx. They all agreed on one thing: the importance of Praxis.

Dear Wine.Woot:

You know that old question about who you would have to a dinner party if you could invite any person, living or dead? Well, I can’t get into the details, but that abstract exercise has become a reality. This Saturday, I’m expecting Aristotle, St. Augustine, Karl Marx, Immanuel Kant, Wassily Kandinsky, Tony Wilson, and Jessica Biel over for dinner. I’ve had the menu figured out for a while – my world-famous prawn-and-avocado flatbread pizza with a side of hot ‘n’ spicy kale chips. But I just cannot figure out what wine to serve that will satisfy history’s greatest minds and Jessica Biel. Can you help?

Not-So-Hypothetical Host

Dear Not-So-Hypothetical Host,

Congratulations on that dream dinner party! The pleasure of hosting always comes mixed with a little anxiety, all the more so when you’re hoping to impress the greatest reanimated thinkers in the world. Fortunately, in their works and quotations, these gentlemen all left some indication of what wine label they might prefer: Praxis Cellars.

Founded by Bill Arbios of Arbios Cellars in 2000 as a more playful, experimental, value companion to the primary Arbios line, Praxis Cellars embodies Kant’s notion of praxis as the application of a theory to cases encountered in experience. In this case, the theory is that good wines should enhance a great meal, and the cases are full of Praxis Cellars wine.

But since your guests will come from several different countries, eras, culinary traditions, and philosophical schools, it’s best to provide a variety of Praxis wines. You don’t want your dinner party ruined by Kandinsky storming out or St. Augustine sulking through dessert.

Marx’s understanding of praxis as a means of transforming revolutionary thought into action cries out for the melon, honeysuckle, vanilla, pineapple, pear, apple, guava, and lychee notes of the Praxis Cellars 2010 Viognier. Plus, it’s from the Russian River Valley, which seems fitting for the author of The Communist Manifesto.

Praxis Cellars debuted with the Pinot Noir, so the 2008 vintage of this old-school red might be good for a praxis OG like Aristotle, with his conception of praxis as one of three essential realms of human activity. The relative obscurity of the Lagrein varietal makes this cool-climate red, in its 2007 vintage, perfect for Kant, because who can understand anything that guy says? And when Factory Records impresario Tony Wilson described praxis as “doing something, and then only afterwards, finding out why you did it,” he was practically describing the compulsively drinkable Praxis Cellars 2007 Merlot, from the same vineyard that garnered the Food & Wine Best American Merlot Under $20 title for Praxis’ 2004 Merlot.

We hope those suggestions help you have a wonderful time with your distinguished guests. Be sure to take lots of pictures! You may also want to invite a translator fluent in ancient Greek, Latin, and 19th-century German, if you don’t speak those languages yourself. Maybe you can send Jessica Biel a few of those Rosetta Stone kits.

2008 Pinot Noir, Monterey County

  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir                  
  • Appellation:  Monterey County                     
  • TA (g/l): 0.65                          
  • Res Sugar (g/100ml): .02                   
  • Winemaker: Bill Arbios                      
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • % Malolactic: 100
  • Brix at Harvest: 23.9
  • pH: 3.62
  • Production: 2500 cases

2010 Viognier, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

  • Appellation: Russian River
  • Alcohol: 13.7%
  • % Malolactic: 0
  • Res Sugar (g/100ml): .05
  • TA (g/100 ml): .67
  • Brix at Harvest: 23.9
  • pH: 3.24
  • Production: 500 cases

This Viognier is crisp, dry and full bodied with a lingering finish of ripe fruit. To retain the purest expression of the grapes, the wine was fermented in stainless steel.  The wine’s color is pale straw with green highlights while the aroma carries melon, honeysuckle, vanilla and pineapple. These flavors are also repeated on the palate. Green apple and lychee notes are accented with hints of pear and guava as well.

2007 Merlot, Alexander Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Merlot                       
  • Appellation: Alexander Valley                                   
  • TA (g/100 ml): .68                                          
  • pH: 3.68                                              
  • Barrels: American oak                       
  • Winemaker: Bill Arbios                                  
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • % Malolactic: 100%
  • Brix at Harvest: 23.8
  • Res Sugar (g/100ml): .02
  • Time in Barrel: 18 months
  • Production: 1672 cases

The color is a deep red with purple highlights.  The nose offers vanilla, black cherry and plum, with warm spices and dry herbs.  The wine is sleek and elegant with good acidity and full mouthfeel.  Flavors of strawberry, blackberry, pomegranate and cassis are complemented by vanilla and spice.  The wine has a long finish with soft tannins and toasty oak.

2007 Lagrein, Central Coast

  • Varietal: 100% Lagrein                      
  • Appellation: Central Coast                                         
  • TA (g/100 ml): .65                              
  • pH: 3.68                                  
  • Winemaker: Bill Arbios                                  
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • % Malolactic: 100%
  • Brix at Harvest: 23.8
  • Res Sugar (g/100ml):  .02
  • Production: 1040 cases

Pronounced Lah-GRAYHN or Lah-GRINE, this cool climate red varietal is a 300 year-old cross between Teroldego and Pinot Noir.

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