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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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2015 Albariño

Our first white wine release from the 2015 vintage. We picked these grapes on August 8th from Matthew Rorick's incredibly beautiful vineyard near Murphys, California. The soils there are a wonderful mix of schist and limestone, and the Albariño grows on a steep hillside looking eastward.

We trucked the grapes back to our little winery and set to work at the press. After pressing, theambient yeast fermentation started quite quickly, and proceeded at a normal pace. However, once winter approached, the yeasts had not quite eaten up all of the fermentable sugars, and the activity slowed to a crawl (but never fully stopped). Malolactic fermentation had completed by this time.

This Spring, as the cellar warmed up again, and the yeasts were able to pick up the slack. Based on regular lab monitoring, we estimate the yeasts finally finished sometime in late May. The wine began to fall clear, and viable yeast counts fell rapidly as well. Finally, in June, we were able to bottle the result.

The wine shows a slightly hazy golden yellow (no filtration or fining). Aromas of herbs and chalk are first apparent, then lemon notes. The aromas have a nice lift. The wine has a refreshing acidity, with tropical fruits, grapefruit, gooseberry and Meyer lemon peel in the finish. The finish is quite tangy and inviting. Go ahead, pour another glass.

Pair this one with lighter fare, salads and the like, also some fish. It also works nicely as an apéritif.

195 cases made. Aged in flextank on the lees for 10 months. Screwtop closure. 12.5% 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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2015 Jambalaia Rouge

59% Mourvedre, 21% Marsanne, 15% Grenache and 5% Syrah. 

With this vintage of the Jambalaia I feel we have gained some finesse and are getting closer to the vineyard's identity. It often takes me a few years to figure out what a vineyard has to say, and this wonderful little plot of mourvedre, grenache and marsanne on volcanic loam soil is no different. It is just a matter of finding each grape variety's sweet spot for a particular site.  Sounds easy, yes, but once you add in vintage differences, crop loads, ripening curves...well, it does get a little complex.  Each year is unique, and it takes a bit of experience with a site in order to read the tea leaves, as it were.  But I think I am getting closer here.

The Grenache suffered from shatter this year, so yields were way down, but the Mourvedre seemed very happy. We added a touch of Syrah into the blend to make up for the lighter Grenache harvest.

Last year's vintage was a touch tannic for my tastes, at least for near-term drinking, but this year the emphasis is once again on juicy red and blue fruit, mouthwatering acidity, and a touch of tannic backbone.  The wine is absolutely delicious now, and should continue to drink well for several years. We like to serve it with grilled meats and vegetables, and any foods with a bit of spice / heat.  Like a jambalaya!  And don't forget it drinks really nicely with a slight chill, especially on a hot day.

500 cases made.  11.7% alcohol. 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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2014 Priscilla

"Are you lonely tonight?" Our 2014 Elvis was, so we made him a Priscilla...

When the King Fire disrupted our harvest plans in late 2014, we had already picked half of our Josephine+Mariposa blend.  We were feeling pretty good about that wine, too, as we had managed to get some of the small plot of Cinsault which grows in that vineyard to go along with our Grenache. 

A co-ferment of Grenache and Cinsault is a wonderful thing to smell. Quite lovely.

Then the King Fire struck, and we were unable to harvest the rest of the grapes for the Josephine+Mariposa blend.  We were left with a Josephine, but no Mariposa, so to speak.

We were a little upset, for a while, but then the beauty of this Grenache / Cinsault blend began to shine.  And our Priscilla was born.

84% Grenache and 16% Cinsault grown on yellow slate soils, whole cluster ambient yeast fermented for 5 days on the skins and aged entirely in Flextank for 16 months, without racking. A small amount (15ppm) of sulfites were added at bottling.

The wine shows wonderful floral aromas, a touch of lavender, and bright red fruits. Medium bodied, with just enough acid and tannin grip, and a long finish with those great mineral notes that Grenache shows so nicely when grown on rock.

A great companion to our more robust and darker-toned Elvis release.  A ying to Elvis' yang.

206 cases made.  14.4% alcohol. Screwtop closure.

$24 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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a few remaining bottles...

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 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 Piedi Grandi

The return of one of our favorites, and probably the second most subversive wine we make (the first has to be the FNA mash-up of northern and southern Italy).

Because the Nebbiolo crop was down slightly, this time the Mourvedre component slightly out paces the Nebbiolo by a 52% to 48% margin. But the Nebbiolo shines through with all of its racy acidity and bold flavors.  Full of tar and roses and spice and mouthwatering acidity.

The Piedi Grandi is delicious now, but past vintages have shown that it can age wonderfully, gaining in spice and aromatic complexity.

This field blend wine was harvested in two passes and blended after pressing. Left without racking for 16 months in Flextanks, and bottled with a mere 15ppm of sulfites.

153 cases made.  13.8% alcohol. Screwtop closure.

$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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Retailers: Please contact one of our distribution partners!

CA: Cleanskins Wine LLC / Amy Atwood


NY, NJ & PA: David Bowler Wine


VA & DC: Williams Corner Wine

MA: Olmstead Wine Co.


IL: Cream Wine Company

TX: Rootstock

AZ: Empty Glass Natural Wine Company

ID: Bent Frenchman Selections

LA: Neat Wines

UK: Les Caves de Pyrene
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Australia: Brooks & Amos Pty Ltd
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