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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 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 “bad” - 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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2014 Mourvedre “cedarville”

The mourvedre from the Cedarville Vineyard continues to bring joy.  It is just so unique.  You could point to the soils (decomposed granite), or to the exposition (south facing), or to the expert farming (organic, with love and care by owners Jonathan Lachs and Susan Marks), but these just don't completely add up to what this wines seems to deliver.  Delicious young, and improving with age, this wine seems to have something for everyone. Open a bottle now, but give this one some time in a decanter or glass to open up and display its depth of aroma and flavor.  Full of meat, earth, hops and plums.  Give another bottle or two some time in your cellar and surprise yourself and your guests. We like this wine with earthier flavored foods.

100% mourvedre.  11.9% alcohol.  135 cases made. Whole cluster fermented in open top fermenters. Aged in tank and small puncheons, without racking, until bottling.

$28.00 per bottle. Limited to 6 bottles per customer. 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.

2014 Petit Manseng

A new vintage of the Petit Manseng, and a slightly different expression from last year's.  As you may remember, the 2013 bottling was all about intensity, particularly acidic intensity.  This year's, the 2014, shows a subtler, more integrated acidity, which allows the flavors (lime, pineapple, pear, guava, baked apple) to take center stage.  All the intensity is there, but a little more in balance.  It will be much friendlier to drink in the short term, and yet should, like the 2013 certainly will, benefit from some time in the cellar.  Drink chilled, but not too cold.

100% Petit Manseng.  14.3% alcohol. 57 cases made. Whole cluster pressed and aged in flextanks.  The fermentation completed in about 3 months, and the wine rested on its lees until bottling this past Summer. 

$26.00 per bottle.  Very limited, 4 bottles per customer maximum. 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 FNA

A new wine for us, as we finally were able to harvest enough fiano and arneis for a dedicated bottling.  The result, a field blend from volcanic loam soils, shows a wealth of aromas and flavors.  Herbs, pear, flowers, red cherry, gooseberry and a hint of soil.  This wine benefits from some air, so please decant an hour ahead, or just let the wine unfold in your glass.  Reticent at first, the wine will deepen over time. Try it with roast chicken, and please don't serve it too cold!

56% Fiano and 44% Arneis.  14.1% alcohol.  65 cases made. Whole cluster pressed into flextanks.  Fermentation was long on this one, nearly six months!  Was racked once this past Spring and bottled during the Summer. 

$26.00 per bottle. Very limited, 4 bottles per customer maximum.  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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A few cases left, really drinking nicely now...

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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CA: Cleanskins Wine LLC / Amy Atwood


NY, NJ & PA: David Bowler Wine


MA: Olmstead Wine Co.


IL: Cream Wine Company

TX: Rootstock

MN: Tradition Wine & Spirits

AZ: Empty Glass Natural Wine Company

ID: Bent Frenchman Selections

LA: Neat Wines

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