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$20 Exclusive from Legendary California Sites

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33% Off! California hits Paydirt with big-time brambly concentration
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A Bonkers Price For This Kind of Deep, Concentrated Red

Sourced from revered sites and hatched by the man behind California’s most legendary red blend, this has all the bravado of cult classic. Rivaling releases that go for $50+, this exclusive is just $20.

Land of Riches Reserve Red Wine California 2018

Paydirt

Land of Riches Reserve Red Wine California

$20.00 1-11 bottles 33% off Buy Now
$18.00 12+ bottles 40% off Buy Now
Shipping included on any 6 bottles or $120.

Patrick McNeil Has Hit California Paydirt!

Patrick McNeil has pioneering blood. He spent his first years at Stags' Leap Winery after his father and Carl Doumani purchased the fabled estate in 1970. His grandfather was a label artist for some of California’s first bonded wineries. And while his great-great-grandfather hit “paydirt” during the California Gold Rush, Patrick hit the jackpot with one of California’s most successful and recognizable red blends—one we would mention by name, except that we’d get locked up for mentioning it. 

For his 2018 Paydirt Land of Riches Reserve, Patrick tapped sites that have supplied icons Ridge and Turley, which means it’s cut from the same cloth as some of the most legendary bottles in California. But this one, made in a tiny 300-case quantity, is ONLY on Wine Access—at just $20 per bottle, down to $18 on cases. 

Deep and concentrated and generous from the get-go, Land of Riches bursts from the glass with steeped bramble and wild blackberry preserves. The mouthfeel features endless layers of red and black fruit, harmoniously balanced with spice and gentle tannins. This is incredible California heritage richness, priced like the most revered blends were 20 years ago. 

“At this price, it’s a steal either way!” is what one extremely satisfied member said about how Paydirt stacks up against one of California’s most famous bottles, and he’s right. $20 is an incredible price for this kind of deep, concentrated, anytime red—especially considering that it comes from heritage sites across California and one of the hottest young vineyards in the state. We’re thrilled to have dibs on this incredible red for as long as it lasts. 

If recent history is any guide, that won’t be long, because our first offer from Paydirt was a fast sellout—and it’s easy to see why Patrick can’t stop smiling about the Paydirt project. One of the main sources, the Paper Street Vineyard in Paso Robles, is one of the most in-demand young vineyards in the state. Planted and farmed by the Dusi family (who’ve grown the Dusi Zinfandel for Ridge and Turley for decades), the up-and-coming star site supplies the family’s own wines, and has also been tapped by Zinfandel legend Larry Turley, Austin Hope, and McPrice Myers.

Zinfandel Advocates and Producers has hailed this steep mountain parcel as a “Legendary Zinfandel Vineyard.” Its rugged terrain and baked earth are relieved by a forgiving Pacific breeze that cools the grapes in Paso Robles' western Willow Creek AVA, and the struggling vines squeeze their effort into low-yielding and concentrated berries with vibrant lift and acidity.  

In Land of Riches, the grapes from Dusi are complemented by Zinfandel precursor grape Primitivo, which comes from Lewis Ranches in Lodi, and Cabernet Sauvignon from 180-year-old Pacheco Ranch. That historic site is one of the oldest continuously-farmed-by-one-family spots in the state of California, and is now tended by the seventh-generation farmer Herb Rowland. 

Once the flawless fruit is sorted and de-stemmed, Patrick and Duckhorn-alum winemaker Kent Jarman ferment the wine in open-top stainless tanks, before aging it in neutral French oak barrels for a full year. The result is a wine that explodes with bravado, and will weaken the knees of California red-blend purists. 

Make that the California red-blend purists who are Wine Access members, because they’re the only ones getting a shot. And with just 300 cases at $20 per bottle, that shot won’t last long.

Wine Access Tasting Notes

A deep and concentrated purple core leads to a pink rim. Generous from the get-go, bursting out of the glass with steeped bramble and wild blackberry preserves with a hint of mint-driven herbs. The mouthfeel delivers the promised land, with rich red and black fruit layers harmoniously balanced with spice and gentle tannins. Drink now - 2026.

large
Oak Intensity
full
Body
large
Tannin
full
Fruit Intensity
medium
Acidity

Wine Facts

Food Pairings

red-meat hard-cheese
Alcohol by volume
15.2% alcohol by volume
Decanting
15 mins decanting time
Serving temperature
60° F serving temperature
Drinking window
Now - 2026 drinking window
Varietal
Zinfandel
Grenache
Petite Sirah
Syrah
Barbera
Cabernet Sauvignon
Mourvedre

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Land of Riches Reserve Red Wine California

Land of Riches Reserve Red Wine California 2018
$20.00 1-11 bottles 33% off Buy Now
$18.00 12+ bottles 40% off Buy Now
Shipping included on any 6 bottles or $120.

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