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2014 Rosé












This might be my favorite version of this wine yet. 89% syrah from a steep north-east facing hillside, and 11% mourvedre from a ridgetop at 3000'.  A little deeper in color than the '13, the wine is full of delicious strawberry-rhubarb flavors backed up by a textured, mineral-laced structure. 

We lightly foot-crushed the grapes and let them soak for several hours before pressing. The juice was fermented entirely in tank, and the secondary (malolactic) fermentation was allowed to occur.  This gives the wine a slightly rounder feel on the palate, which is then backed up by wine's natural acidity in the finish.

We aged the wine for 7 months on its lees before racking, adding 25ppm sulfites and bottling unfiltered.  This is one of the more structured rosé wines out there, which helps the wine work with a wide range of foods, from salads to seafood to cheeses to grilled meats and veggies. Obviously a summer wine, but it has always amazed me how well it can age.  We've opened several bottles of the 2011 recently, and they are still full of life and really delicious.  Set aside a few bottles and check it out for yourself.


218 cases bottled.  12.3% alcohol by volume.  Screwtop closure.


$18 per bottle.  A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok). Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.


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2014 Jambalaia Rouge













This year's wine comes from a single vineyard on deep volcanic loam soils near the town of Camino.  Composed of both red and white grapes (48% mourvedre, 37% grenache, 14% marsanne and 1% fiano & arneis), the wine is both light on its feet yet firmly structured.  It is also really delicious!


The grapes were harvested over a several week period in early September.  We foot crushed and whole-cluster fermented each lot, pressing off after 5-7 days on the grapeskins.  Fermentation was carried out in open top bins of various sizes, with ambient yeasts and no added sulfites.

After pressing the wine rested in tank to finish, on its lees, for 6 months.  Bottled unfiltered with a small 20ppm sulfite addition.


The wine shows enticing floral aromas, deep red fruit flavors, and a round and smooth finish with enough tannin and acidity to age for several years.  The wine also shows more minerality than past vintages, which seems to be a hallmark of the Camino area vineyards. 

It's a great wine for summer drinking – just chill it down for 25-30 minutes in the fridge – and enjoy it with most any summer fare.  Age it a while and it will become more cotes-du-rhone-like, as the '12 and '13 vintages are now showing.  A seriously fun wine.


377 cases bottled.  13.6% alcohol by volume.  Screwtop closure.


$20 per bottle.  A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok). Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.


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2013 Josephine + Mariposa












This year's bottling (70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre) comes from the same vineyard as last year's, a knoll-top of brown loam soils sitting over yellow slate.  The vintage differences are, to me, quite apparent.  This vineyard seems to speak it's terroir very loudly, maybe more than other vineyards I work with.  Like in 2012, the wine is pretty up-front about itself, showing loads of earth in its aromatics and finish.  Unlike the '12s, the '13s seem much more complete and harmonious at this stage than the '12s. 


This is not to say that the 2013s will not age.  In fact, I'd say they will age as well as the seemingly “tougher” 2012s, and they are going to be more fun to drink over the short term.


For this harvest, we picked in three passes – the first pass was for most of the grenache, and the second (about 10 days later) was to finish the grenache at a slightly higher ripeness level.  We wanted to see how ripeness affected the expression of the terroir.  The answer?  This vineyard shows its terroir markers at both lower and higher ripeness levels, which will make subsequent picking decisions a little easier (hopefully).


The last pick was for the mourvedre, on September 16.  All three lots ended up being fermented separately, but combined in tank as they were pressed.  All lots were whole cluster fermented and no yeast or sulfur was added.  Aging was in a combination of tank and some large (158 gallon) neutral oak puncheons. The wine was racked twice, and a small dose of SO2 was added just before bottling.


Dark plum in color, the wine shows a compelling combo of tea leaf, candle wax and graphite in its aromas.  Dark fruits and an underlying chalky note (grenache from slate soils!) show up in the finish, along with a refreshing acidity.  It's quite agile on its feet for a wine this size.  Drink it now to experience its virility (give it an hour or so of air first); age it a bit to let the tannins resolve for a mellower take.  It pairs wonderfully now with heartier winter fare.



366 cases bottled.  Screwtop closure.  14.5% alcohol.


$28 per bottle.  A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok).  Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.


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2013 Piedi Grandi










This blend of 55% Nebbiolo, 37% Mourvedre and 8% syrah may be the most “nebbiolo-ish” Piedi Grandi yet.  We've worked hard with the growers to bring more expressiveness to the nebbiolo via subtle changes in the viticulture.  I've also worked at finding the “sweet-spot” in its ripeness curve that will bring out all those wonderful aromatics of which the grape is capable.  This has meant learning the particular relationship between sugar levels, acidity levels and flavors.


We picked the nebbiolo just ahead of the mourvedre in 2013, so late in the context of the vintage, but early in a historical sense (mid-September).  Whole cluster fermented and without the addition of yeast nor SO2, the nebbiolo and mourvedre lots were combined in tank after pressing.  The syrah was added later to provide a bit of “something extra”.  It was aged entirely in tank to preserve its character and racked only once, just before bottling.  A small amount (15ppm) of SO2 was added then.


The wine shows really beautiful aromatics of flowers and stones.  It has a lovely, light plummy spiciness to its flavor, and finishes with a balanced combination of fresh acidity and tannins.


The Piedi Grandi has shown itself to be a quite versatile wine, able to pair with winter fare as well as warmer-weather dishes.  Drink now, or age it without worry.  Previous versions of the Piedi have developed quite nicely in bottle, deepening in flavor and spice (the 2011 is amazing right now).



161 cases produced.  Screwtop closure. 13.9% alcohol.


$27 per bottle. A 20% discount will be applied on purchases of 12 bottles or more (mixed cases ok).  Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.


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