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Wine Specs
Red Blend
Sierra Foothills
Vineyard Designation
Andis Estate, Camino Alto, Di Stasio, Hack Creek, Rucksack, David Gerard
Harvest Date
SEP 24,25 & OCT 2,16 & NOV 6
15% New French Oak for 18 months
Bottling Date
May 2021
Residual Sugar
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Painted Fields Curse of Knowledge

2019 Bordeaux Style Red
Painted Fields Curse of Knowledge is our first ever Bordeaux-style red blend, made in partnership with Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky.
93 pts - Tasting Panel Magazine & 90 pts Wine Enthusiast
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/ 750ml - 14.2%abv


 It was 2014 when I left Italy and ventured into a “New World.”

To say I was culture-shocked at the start is an understatement. I went from walking out of my apartment in Florence and simply asking for an espresso to driving for 2 miles to engage in a three-minute interrogation with a barista: “What size, 16-ounce or 8-ounce? How many shots do you want? Do you need room for cream?”

Dinnertime used to be at 9 p.m., but now that’s bedtime. I used to make five stops at local grocery stores on the way home, and now everything is delivered to my doorstep.

But if I had to pick the thing that shocked me most, it was unquestionably the wines. I grew up drinking Old World wines that were the perfect complement to food; they weren’t better or worse than those from California, just a different style.

In 2015, I joined Andis Wines in the Sierra Foothills. My ultimate goal was to use those memories to close the bridge between what I used to drink and what we’re able to make here. It’s not easy, and it never will be, but we’ve gotten closer and closer year after year as we continue to pursue perfection.

I have visited locales in over 35 states over the past several years, from northern Michigan and Houston to Honolulu and Richmond, Virginia. I’ve ventured into hundreds of restaurants and wine bars with the purpose of selling Andis Wines, and it has been a journey! Almost every time I sat down with a potential buyer or exchanged a phone call or email, it seemed as though there was a preconceived perception of our wine, and it made me feel like I had something to prove. I wondered, “Why are people so skeptical and scared to try our wines from this region?”

It took me years to understand that the answer was in the history of what we used to be. We were “cursed by the knowledge” they had about our region, and the only way to break that spell was to make extraordinary wines. Opinions are hard to change in a short time, but it can be done.

So here it is: the result of our dedication to five years of vineyard research to thwart the curse and equip people with new knowledge of the beautifully balanced, high-quality wines emerging from the Sierra Foothills. Painted Fields Curse of Knowledge is not just another red blend from another winery—it contains the authentic fruit of our labor.

Made in partnership with Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky, two industry heavyweights, the wine is our first Bordeaux-style red blend; it comprises 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 18% Malbec, and 7% Merlot and aged 18 months in 20% new French oak barrels to create the perfect harmony between fruit and oak. —Lorenzo Muslia

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
93 points —Meridith May Tasting Panel Magazine 2019 Painted Fields Curse of Knowledge, Sierra Foothills ($25) A powerhouse that effortlessly releases red and blue fruit into a stream of violets and mountain brush. Fine acidity leans into an inner meatiness that keeps it as fresh as it is bold and complex. Floral and fruit aromatics persist through the finish.
Vineyard Notes
Decomposed Granite, Sandy Loam
Production Notes
Curse of Knowledge is a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec. Each of the varietals is fermented and aged separately for the first 12 months. After blending, the wine spends another 6 months in barrels for a total of 18 months in 20% New French Oak. 45% Cab Sauv, 30% Cab Franc, 18% Malbec, 7% Merlot
Other Notes
You can't unlearn what you've learned, and you can't see it with fresh eyes anymore, but this outstanding red blend will thwart the curse of knowledge on the Sierra Foothills and immerse you in a new dimension of perfectly balanced, well structured, and high-quality red wine. The intense ruby color and a sensational bouquet of dried violet, black cherry, fresh herbs, and cocoa powder will catch your attention. A balanced mid-palate, generous, and round due to the velvety tannins with a lingering finish of dark berries and black licorice. Drink now to taste the brightness of our fruits or age in your cellar for the next decade.
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