Deriving its name from the heritages of its two founders, Union Sacré Winery is: “Inspired by Alsace. Rooted in California.” Founded in 2013 by two long-time friends from different continents, Xavier Arnaudin, is a WSET certified, oenology degree holding ex-boxer from France, and Philip Muzy, a self-taught, free-spirited designer from Michigan. Xavier has worked as cellar master or assistant winemaker for some of the Central Coast’s most luminous wineries, including Sans Liege, Arcadian and Herman Story. Philip worked at Proof Wine Collective before assuming the role of creative director at Herman Story and Desparada. Between the two of them, they have over 35 years of experience working in Central Coast wineries.
Union Sacré is focused on elegant, table-ready, single vineyard, monovarietal wines. The winery is located in Tin City, an evolving industrial makers’ market nestled amongst the oaks in Paso Robles. Tin City is also home to several wine, craft beer and small batch spirits producers.
The two-sided label is meant to symbolize the two different worlds. “The front side, is clean, classic, tidy, organized and tells you all the details you need to know. The other side is totally wack-a-doo—but from the same substance. The front tells you what it is and the back shows you what it feels.”
A beautiful cool-climate Syrah. The grapes were fermented in tank for 3 weeks (50% whole-clusters) and aged in both French oak (60%) and stainless steel (40%).
Aromatics of black fruits and fine herbs. The palate shows loads of varietal character, red and black cherries, plums, a hint of lavender and a touch of white pepper. Beautifully balanced, elegant style. Finishes with soft tannins, bright acidity and a bit of spice. 650 cases produced.