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2013 Home Vineyard

In 2013, we tried yet another experiment on our experimental home vineyard. We decided it might be interesting to pick the grape clusters as they get ripe and not all at once, as is usually the case. Instead of picking a whole block at once, we would look at each vine and pick those clusters that were ready that day. So we made something like 14 passes through the vines, sometimes just a few days apart, looking for those clusters we thought to be "perfect".

Some days, we would only pick a single bucket. Those were the short days. Other days would be longer.

The freshly picked grapes were lightly crushed and added to the previous picking, thus sustaining the fermentation out for much longer than our normal 10 days.

This plan resulted in a wine of amazingly harmonious flavors, but with a bundle of very energetic tannins! We aged the wine for over a year in a Flextank without racking. We bottled the wine in January of 2015, and basically tucked the bottles into a corner of our cellar and waited.

Now, a year later, the wine is ready for release. It still shows that earlier energy, but the balance we seek is now there. Lots of great herbal and spice aromas, surprisingly mouth-filling in spite of its 11% alcohol, and backed up with typical Home Vineyard tannins - slightly dusty but smooth. It is delicious and unique.

I have the feeling this wine will near its peak sometime around 2020. Until then, decant and give the wine plenty of air to let the flavors unfold.

288 bottles made. Screw cap closure. 11.1% alcohol by volume.
41% tempranillo, 29% tannat, 22% grenache, 6% syrah and 2% cabernet sauvignon.

$34.00 per bottle.  Available exclusively from the winery. 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 Syrah “sumu kaw”

We are fortunate to work with several amazing vineyard sites.  The Sumu Kaw Vineyard continues to impress us with the characterful wines we produce from there.  Something in the combination of altitude (3000'), exposure (ridgetop), soil type (volcanic loam), local climate (pine forest) and farming (expertly handled by the vineyard owners Sheila and David Bush) just adds up to some crazy-good wines.

We picked the 2014 vintage in two passes in September at an average of 23 brix.  The fermentations were in open top vats, 100% foot crushed whole clusters, and with no added anything.  We pressed off the skins after 10 days for both lots, directly into Flextanks and 600l puncheons.  The wine was racked once in late summer 2015 to tanks, and then bottled unfiltered from those same tanks in December 2015.  We added 10ppm sulfites at bottling.

The final wine has wonderfully balanced acidity, and the aromas and flavors are classic Sumu Kaw: smoke, meat, herbs. It is quite savory on the palate. Drink now with plenty of time in a decanter (or just do what we do – let the wine unravel a bit in your glass).  This wine in this vintage reminds me a bit of the 2008s, so it should age quite effortlessly for the next 10 years or so.

349 cases bottled.  Screwcap closure.  14.3% alcohol by volume.

$26 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 Elvis

A few months ago we fortuitously re-discovered a booklet of drawings by Jad and David Fair called “Moods of Elvis” .  It's an alphabet book of drawings chronicling the A-Z of the multifaceted Elvis' temperament.  Jad, as many of you know, is the co-founder of the seminal band Half Japanese and a world recognized artist.  He designed our label artwork.

Somehow, for us, “Moods of Elvis” and this wine became intertwined. Like Elvis, this wine shows many moods: dark fruits, licorice, eucalyptus, stony minerality, bright acidity. It's just a bit rough & tumble when just opened, and settles into pure vinous gold with a little air.  Just like the King himself, from “Jailhouse Rock” to “Suspicious Minds”.  Try this: read “Moods of Elvis”, watch the 1968 “comeback special”, and drink this wine – you'll see what I mean. Perfect together!

As the weather turns cooler, this wine will ably complement many meals.  Ready to drink now, it will also reward you with some time in the cellar. 

54% Mourvedre and 46% Grenache from stony soils.  14.2% alcohol.  177 cases made. Whole cluster fermented in open top fermentors and pressed into tank for aging. Racked once just before bottling. 

$24.00 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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