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Absentee Winery

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Absentee Winery

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Nothing but grapes in this unfiltered and unfined red. Fruity, lively, and rustic. Aromas of red fruit such as strawberries and vanilla. On the palate, it is fruit-forward with red berries, cherries, and a hint of spice. Long-lasting tannins.

Pairing Suggestions: Risotto, Turkey, BBQ

Burgenland, Austria

Type: Red | Vintage: 2018 | Sulfites: No Added | Alcohol: 14.5% | Varietal: Abouriou | Production: Organic   

Featured in the March 2021 Red Wine Club!

Avi Deixler is a one-man show in the strictest sense: he owns and operates the only registered winery in the North Marin Wine District, a right he had to fight the Marin County Planning Commission to attain. But fight he did, and in 2016, he opened up Absentee, operating out of a barn on a working dairy farm in Point Reyes, near where he grew up. After training at wineries in California, Oregon, Australia, and France, Deixler had a clear vision: to make wine with nothing—nothing—but grapes. Legend has it that Avi Deixler almost became a cooper instead of a winemaker, and it’s this skill with a barrel that seems to be the key factor in making clean, 100-percent natural wine without any sulfites. He sources used barrels and then hand sands them inside to remove any residue or flaws or charring blisters from previous use. This gives him an immaculate interior surface for his wines, which he makes using red California field blend varieties like Carignane, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Abouriou—a rare grape that grows in Southwest France and California, that somehow got the nickname Early Burgundy by Californians. All his grapes are sourced from the Poor Ranch in Hopland (a 6-generation family of organic farmers). He adds whole clusters to his barrels and closes the lid, so a natural C02 is emitted during carbonic maceration, which innoculates from bacteria. And that’s it. No additional yeast, no sulfites, no temperature control—nothing added, but a lot gained. Deixler has managed to craft a pure expression of a rare place, and there’s something wild about his wines. There’s energy and whimsy, but above all, they’re alive. Nothin’ but net.

Where do you ship?

We ship to every state except AK, HI, UT, KY, AL, AR. 

How long will it take to get my order?

Wines are shipped within 1-3 business days after your order.

Shipping times vary, but are typically 2-5 business days depending on the location in the US. You will get tracking information in your confirmation email after the label is printed. Please note that the delivery date is an estimate, and may change based on factors out of our control.

Note: Due to COVID-19, our retailers and shipping partners are seeing extra pressure on their distribution network. Most orders placed during the business week are planned to ship within 1-3 days of ordering. All weekend orders will begin processing on Monday, and it may take 1-3 business days to ship as well.

What shipping carriers do you use?

We use either UPS or FedEx, depending on the state. 

Do I need to be there to sign?

Yes! Federal law requires the signature of someone 21+ for any alcohol delivery. We want to make sure you get your wine, so please make sure someone is there to sign for it when it comes. The delivery service will make three attempts before returning the shipment to our fulfillment center. Note that there will be a restocking fee for returned shipments.

What are the shipping costs?

Shipping is variable based on the number of bottles you purchase. You will see the final shipping price at checkout!

We're a proud partner of 1% for the Planet, a 501(c)(3) based in Burlington, VT. As a Business Member, we've committed to giving 1% of our annual sales revenue every year to approved nonprofit partners. 1% for the Planet approved nonprofit partners are carefully vetted environmental organizations that are eligible to receive funding from our members. These include organizations like such as WIRES, Rainforest Trust, Protect Our Winters, and many more.

Learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org.

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Producer Profile

Avi Deixler is a one-man show in the strictest sense: he owns and operates the only registered winery in the North Marin Wine District, a right he had to fight the Marin County Planning Commission to attain. But fight he did, and in 2016, he opened up Absentee, operating out of a barn on a working dairy farm in Point Reyes, near where he grew up. After training at wineries in California, Oregon, Australia, and France, Deixler had a clear vision: to make wine with nothing—nothing—but grapes. Legend has it that Avi Deixler almost became a cooper instead of a winemaker, and it’s this skill with a barrel that seems to be the key factor in making clean, 100-percent natural wine without any sulfites. He sources used barrels and then hand sands them inside to remove any residue or flaws or charring blisters from previous use. This gives him an immaculate interior surface for his wines, which he makes using red California field blend varieties like Carignane, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Abouriou—a rare grape that grows in Southwest France and California, that somehow got the nickname Early Burgundy by Californians. All his grapes are sourced from the Poor Ranch in Hopland (a 6-generation family of organic farmers). He adds whole clusters to his barrels and closes the lid, so a natural C02 is emitted during carbonic maceration, which innoculates from bacteria. And that’s it. No additional yeast, no sulfites, no temperature control—nothing added, but a lot gained. Deixler has managed to craft a pure expression of a rare place, and there’s something wild about his wines. There’s energy and whimsy, but above all, they’re alive. Nothin’ but net.

Shipping

Where do you ship?

We ship to every state except AK, HI, UT, KY, AL, AR. 

How long will it take to get my order?

Wines are shipped within 1-3 business days after your order.

Shipping times vary, but are typically 2-5 business days depending on the location in the US. You will get tracking information in your confirmation email after the label is printed. Please note that the delivery date is an estimate, and may change based on factors out of our control.

Note: Due to COVID-19, our retailers and shipping partners are seeing extra pressure on their distribution network. Most orders placed during the business week are planned to ship within 1-3 days of ordering. All weekend orders will begin processing on Monday, and it may take 1-3 business days to ship as well.

What shipping carriers do you use?

We use either UPS or FedEx, depending on the state. 

Do I need to be there to sign?

Yes! Federal law requires the signature of someone 21+ for any alcohol delivery. We want to make sure you get your wine, so please make sure someone is there to sign for it when it comes. The delivery service will make three attempts before returning the shipment to our fulfillment center. Note that there will be a restocking fee for returned shipments.

What are the shipping costs?

Shipping is variable based on the number of bottles you purchase. You will see the final shipping price at checkout!

1% for the Planet

We're a proud partner of 1% for the Planet, a 501(c)(3) based in Burlington, VT. As a Business Member, we've committed to giving 1% of our annual sales revenue every year to approved nonprofit partners. 1% for the Planet approved nonprofit partners are carefully vetted environmental organizations that are eligible to receive funding from our members. These include organizations like such as WIRES, Rainforest Trust, Protect Our Winters, and many more.

Learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org.

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