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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 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.



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.










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.



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.






Not available in stores:

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!


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









a few bottles remain...
2015 al basc






It's been a long time since I made an 'orange' wine, a white wine with extended skin contact. My experimentations with Albariño in 2015 led to this expression of the grape: seven (7) months of skins, seeds, stems and juice in contact with one another! 

During his visit here, Eric Texier had suggested to us to extend the contact time to longer than just the fermentation. It appears that one month (or two) gives a very rough wine, but 5 or 6 months produces wines with much smoother structures. So, of course, I had to try this out. 

We whole cluster fermented a small bin of Albariño until "dryness", then transferred everything to a small 80 gallon Flextank (aka "the modern amphora"). There, the wine (and the skins and the seeds and the stems) sat. 

Occasionally we would sneak a taste. At one month it was pretty fierce. At two months more so. At about six months the wine was really showing well, with incredible flavors and it showed present, but supporting, tannins. At 7 months we decided "it'll never get better than this"* and bottled it, without added sulfites. We bottle aged it several additional months before deciding to release it now.

The wine is amazingly fresh feeling, with aromas of pear skin, pepper and apricot. Quite fruit-filled in the mouth (pear, apricot, quince). Ends on a tannic note, with more pepper and some dried fruit flavors. Try the “al basc”** with richer dishes, salads with fresh herbs, maybe even with a less sweet than usual dessert. How long will it keep?  Probably forever, or at least nearly so. 

24 cases made. 13.4% alc.

$28 per bottle. Limited availability!  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.



*this is very common in winemaking.

** The name “al basc” came about by accident. I had written AL BASC on the tank, in a rushed-cuz-it's-harvest sort of handwriting. I had meant to write ALBA SC (ALBAriño Skin Contact). Penmanship was never a strong point for me...at any rate, the AL BASC kind of stuck. After checking with some arabic-speaking friends to determine that it, in fact, means nothing at all, we decided to go with it.




a few cases 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.





a few cases remain...
2015 FNA (Fiano)






2014's bizarro combination of Fiano and Arneis was really fun (especially if you gave it some bottle age), and we were looking forward to doing it again in 2015. Mother Nature had other plans, however, and she gave us a stretch of poor weather right when the Arneis was flowering. The crop was so light we debated on whether or not to even bother picking it (we did - all 200 lbs of it - and it ended up in the Jambalaia Blanc). The Fiano crop was light, too, but there was enough to work with - almost 80 gallons! 

So the 2015 FNA is “all F, no A”, as it were...but a great chance to explore what Fiano can do on high elevation volcanic soils in California's Sierra Foothills. 

The wine shows chalky lemon peel aromas and flavors, with pointed acidity, wonderful mouthfeel, and that very appealing touch of bitterness in the finish which I love from Italian wines. It is a wonderful food wine right now, will work with a variety of dishes over the holidays, and I suspect that it will 
develop more complexity with some bottle time. It will be fun to revisit this in the Spring, assuming any of us have any left then! 

31 cases made. Whole cluster pressed, tank aged on the lees and bottled with 15ppm SO2. 14.1% alc.

$28 per bottle. Limited availability!   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.





a few bottles remain...
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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