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We accept all major credit cards.  Prices do not include CA sales tax (if applicable) and shipping charges. A case discount will apply to most orders of 12 or more bottles.  Shipping restrictions may apply.  We will not ship during excessively warm or cold weather.  Because an adult signature is required by law for delivery, shipping to a business address is preferred.


Our wines are unfiltered, unfined, and alive, so please expect some sediment and/or haze in some of the wines.  It is not a sign that the wine is defective.  Please contact us if you think a bottle might be “off” - we want you to be happy with your purchase - but remember that “I don’t like it” is not a reason for return.



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2016 One-Eighty











One of the advantages of being a Very Small Wine Producer (or VSWM) is we have the ability to quickly change directions when a new idea or possibility presents itself. For instance, last vintage we produced a bit of sparkling wine from some Albariño just because we stared into a fermenting tank a little too long, and wanted to see that in a bottle.


This year, we had full intentions of replicating our sparkling experiment, but a lack of affordable sparkling wine bottles at harvest time sort of stopped that idea in its tracks. So the Pet'Nat version didn't happen, but, ever hopeful, we kept the Albariño wine in a separate tank in case we wanted to make a “traditional” sparkler the next Spring.


But...during the winter, as I was tasting through my various cuvées, I realized that the small lot of skin-fermenting/aging Marsanne that I had would be a really nice compliment to the racy Albariño...


and a new blend was born: 64% early-picked Albariño, direct pressed, and 36% Marsanne, which had been aging on its skins for 5 months. 


The One-Eighty shows an intriguing lemon and chalk nose, thanks to the Albariño grown on limestone. It is sleek and juicy, and has a fantastic texture, thanks to the Marsanne, grown on volcanic loam. Full malolactic fermentation gives the wine a roundness on the palate, and then the acids kick in on the finish.  Just a touch of tannins complete the picture, and it should play very well with a wide variety of spring and summer meals.


77 cases made. 11.7% alcohol. Unfined and unfiltered.


$24 per 750ml 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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2015 Rosé Alors!













Our Rosé Alors wine continues to evolve. 2014's experiments with barrel fermentation and extended aging showed a way forward, and in our newest release, 2015, we went all-in.


Made of 50% Syrah, 42% Mourvedre and 8% Counoise from two different vineyards plots we farm specifically for rosé wine. The grapes were lightly foot-crushed and pressed directly with a very short time on the skins. We fermented half of the juice in 600L puncheons and the other half in tank. The two parts were combined after 8 months resting on the lees. We bottled the wine early in the summer of 2016, and then hid the bottles away in the back of the warehouse.


Now, after about 9 months of bottle aging, we think the wine is ready for release. We've found that our rosé has been much more “together” after 6-12 months in the bottle, so we've decided to hold the wine back a bit and release it later.


It has a coppery-salmon color and smells of watermelon and pink grapefruit. There's a touch of smoke and spice in there, too. Medium bodied, balanced and lively, it has a nice savory feel and finishes with an appealing herbal note and refreshing acidity.


This is a rosé which works very well with food. Enjoy it with salads and fish, or with grilled veggies and chicken. Or just enjoy it on its own. Rosé Alors!


246 cases.  12.5% alcohol. Unfined and unfiltered.


$20 per 750ml 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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A very small number of magnums are available.  Party wine!


$42 per 1.5L Magnum bottle. Net price. Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.


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2016 Mo-Ma












A lively and delicious co-ferment of 2/3 Mourvedre and 1/3 Marsanne from volcanic soils, this wine is the living embodiment of “glou-glou” idea. 


Fermented and aged in Flextank for 5 months, and bottled directly off of the lees, this wine has a beautiful pale cherry color. There are expressive aromas of plum, cherry and raspberry.


Initially lithe on the palate, the wine expands in your mouth and finishes rounder with pepper, stone and herb notes. The long and mouthwatering finish is deceptively complex. After one sip, you will want another. And another. And another.


(Whoops! The bottle's gone!)


This is a wine to drink all spring and summer long.


121 cases. 11.2% alcohol. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.


$26 per 750ml 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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2015 Piedi Grandi












Always one of our favorite blends, this vintage is composed of 52% Nebbiolo and 48% Mourvedre from a single vineyard on volcanic loam soils.  The grapes are foot crushed without destemming and fermented outdoors with no temperature control. No yeast nor sulfur is added. We press after 7 or so days of fermentation, and the wine finishes and ages in Flextank. We do not rack the wine until bottling, which was after 11 months of aging in this vintage. We then further bottled-aged the wine for 7 months before release.


The result is a delicious red blend with a floral aroma, red cherry and a touch of earth.  The wine has bright but balanced acids, and a long finish with present, but fine-grained tannins. The nebbiolo supplies the aromas and the structure, and the mourvedre helps fill in the mid-palate with a spicy juiciness.


It's quite a fun blend which will repay some time in the cellar.


122 cases. 12.6% alcohol. Unfined and unfiltered.


$27 per 750ml 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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2015 Tempranillo












This is our first release of this wine. These grapes hail from Matthew Rorick's vineyard near Murphys, CA. The vines sit on an interesting mix of schist and limestone, and our grapes grow in the lower, slightly “cooler” block.


We gave these grapes the classic La Clarine treatment: no SO2, foot crushed and whole cluster fermented with ambient yeasts in open-top fermentors. We pressed off before dryness and let the wine finish in a combination of 600l puncheons and flextanks. The wine was racked once just before bottling, and the wine received 20ppm of sulfites at bottling. No fining or filtration.


The resulting wine shows black cherry, crushed thyme, pear skin and a touch of cocoa. It is medium bodied with a good balance of fruit and savory notes. There are flashes of black pepper and sandstone. It is very lively on the palate, with wonderful acidity. It opens up considerably with air and pairs wonderfully with mushroom risotto. It has the structural backbone to age for many years.


355 cases made.



$28 per 750ml 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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1.5 Liter also available, limited quantities:


$60 per 1.5l bottle, net price. Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.

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2015 Syrah “sumu kaw”












The 2015 growing season was a challenge to everyone – budbreak was early, and so was the harvest, in several instances about a month early!  We started picking white grapes on August 1st. Fortunately, there were no damaging heat waves prior to harvest, and the altitude of the Sumu Kaw vineyard (3000 ft) helped to moderate the seemingly swifter growing season. We ended up picking our syrah just one day earlier here compared to 2014, on September 4th.


The volcanic loam soils of the Sumu Kaw Vineyard always give expressive wines, and this vintage is no exception. The wine was aged in a combination of 600l puncheons and flextanks, and shows powerful cherry vanilla, raspberry, cranberry, tar and smoke flavors and aromas, with dusty earth and roasted meat in the finish.  With great balanced acidity, it reminds me very much of the wines from the northern Rhone valley of France. Graceful and lithe.


Sometimes these wines can fool you, but I suspect this vintage will be a medium-term ager.  It is quite delicious now and should reward cellaring for 5-8 years. I can wholeheartedly recommend this wine with cassoulet!


220 cases made.



$30 per 750ml 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.

750ml Sold Out




1.5 Liter also available, limited quantities:


$65 per 1.5l bottle, net price. Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.

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2015 Syrah “cedarville”












We've made wine grown in the Cedarville Vineyard now for 10 years. We started with their unique Mourvedre, use their mineral-driven Viognier in our Jambalaia Blanc blend, and lately we've sourced most of our Rosé wine (Syrah and Counoise) from some of their northeast facing slopes.


During the 2015 harvest we loved the look and flavor of the syrah grapes so much, we pulled aside a half ton to try a little red wine.  Fermented on their skins and stems, these grapes gave us a fascinating expression of Cedarville's decomposed granite soil.


The 100% barrel-aged syrah immediately shows cranberry and cherry in the nose, with a slightly dusty feel. It evolves in the glass, and begins to display savory, meaty, forest floor, and mushroom aromas and flavors.  It is medium bodied, with nice acidity and tannins.  Lots of minerals in the finish. A very graceful wine, slightly quieter than our Sumu Kaw bottling.


Because we made so very little of this wine, we've bottled it all up into magnums (1.5l).  Perfect for a party (dinner or otherwise) and longer term aging. We've had a bottle open in our kitchen for over a week now, and it is still going strong. It will definitely reward patient cellaring, but it is so delicious now...so tempting...


Only 36 bottles made. Very limited!  Not available in stores.



$65 per 1.5L bottle, net price. Applicable sales tax and shipping costs not included in the price.

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a few bottles remain...

2015 Jambalaia Blanc








Composed of fruit from a variety of soils here in El Dorado County, this year's version is quite perfumed, with the Viognier showing prominently. Very floral and with a hint of peach on the nose, and maybe a touch of nori. Nicely balanced fruit and acidity on the palate, with a subtle richness (full spontaneous malo-lactic).


The finish is very southern Rhône-like, full of minerals and fruit flavors and juicy acidity. Pair it with richer foods over the winter, then with lighter fare in the springtime. It's a very versatile wine. It should age nicely for several years (the '11s are quite good right now).


244 cases made. Whole cluster pressed and tank fermented. Aged on the lees until bottling,10 months later, with 15ppm SO2. 13.2% alc.


$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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CA: Cleanskins Wine LLC / Amy Atwood

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214.929.3699



NY, NJ & PA: David Bowler Wine

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212.807.1680



VA & DC: Williams Corner Wine

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MA: Olmstead Wine Co.

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917.597.8722

MI: US Wine Imports
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734-717-5684

RI: Wine Wizards
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IL: Cream Wine Company
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312.421.1900

TX: Rootstock
504-615-2426


AZ: Empty Glass Natural Wine Company
602-571-2122

ID: Bent Frenchman Selections
718-683-0816

VT: Artisanal Cellars
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LA: Neat Wines
504-834-1977

GA: Avant Partir
770.232.9947
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MO: Claverach Farm
http://www.claverachfarm.com/distribution/


UK: Les Caves de Pyrene
+44-14 83-55 47 70

DK: Lieu Dit
+45 2695 3686
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Canada: Alberta
Juice Imports

Canada: Quebec
Les Vieux Garçons

Australia: Brooks & Amos Pty Ltd
http://www.brooksandamos.com
0410 165 267





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