Sourced from several renowned growing regions in Northern California, Coup de Grace Red Wine is a blend of Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel, Petite Sirah from Lodi and Russian River Valley, Lodi Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc from Napa County’s Atlas Peak sub-appellation. The wine is 100% barrel-aged in 65% new oak with a nearly 50-50 split of French and American barrels.
The label art for Coup de Grace is the work of artist JP Kalonji. Kalonji, a graduate of L’Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Geneva, is versed in many mediums as a professional illustrator, graphic novel, painter and storyteller. Some of Kalonji’s other works include the novel 365 Samurai, Dark Horse Comics and work created as the lead illustrator for Vanity Fair Magazine France.
Independence, the most basic definition of freelance, is also what drove its beginnings. This is a collaboration of two Lodi natives already entrenched in the wine business, now looking to leave their mark by way of their own wines. Founded in 2012 by Adam Mettler and Mike Stroh, Freelance Wines is a first generation wine company with the goal of producing innovative, world class wines that speak of who the founders are - free thinkers, looking to impact the world of wine on their own.
Winemaker Adam Mettler grew up in Lodi, the fifth generation of his family to make wine in the region. In 2012, Mettler joined forces with Mike Stroh, another Lodi son, and the two founded Freelance Wines, with the goal of shaking up the wine industry with expressive, original wines. Coup de Grace is the company’s first introduction.