2018 Clothing Optional Muscat, Chalone, California, USA

Peach and blood orange on the nose. After one sip, you'll find that this is all about pink grapefruit right down to the bitter pith. Great weight, mouth puckering acidity.



110 year old vines from a field blend of Muscat, Palomino, Chasselas, Flame Tokay, Mission and a few others that got lost in the mix. The fruit comes from Lime Kiln Valley AVA, San Benito County CA. It is dry farmed, organic, and own rooted. The wine spends 20 months in barrel and 1 year in bottle pre-release. No so2 added at any time.


In late night hot springs under a sky of stars, Clothing Optional Wine Company was born. These wines are unconventional tracks from a vinous solo album by Dirty and Rowdy winemaker, Hardy Wallace.

There are roughly as many bottles of Clothing Optional wine as there are California Condors, the critically endangered and largest land bird in North America. Many of the remaining birds fly high above the Gabilan Mountain Range where grapes for these wild wines grow.

Clothing Optional wines are scarce, and like the great Condors, most will never see them, but an experience with them removes all sense of time and leaves you entranced.

All wines are made with grapes from organic vineyards and zero SO2 is added. They vehemently push the boundaries of natural wine with several years in barrel and bottle before release. As a result, the Clothing Optional wines are unlike anything else - lawless, unconventional, and unbelievably expressive. There is zero SO2 added at any time, and they are cloudy and alive. Their purpose is to thread the souls of the land, the drinker, and the naked beyond.


Grape(s) Muscat, Palomino, Chasselas, Flame Tokay, Mission
Farming Organic