Appellation Wines

ROSÉ OF TOURIGA NACIONAL, CALIFORNIA

Our Rosé comes from two incredible sites: Luchsinger and St. Amant Vineyards. We began making our Rosé of Touriga Nacional in 2010, sourcing fruit from the Luchsinger vineyard located at 1400′ in the Clear Lake AVA. This rocky, volcanic site enjoys a warm growing season suitable to Touriga Nacional. Touriga is a late-ripening grape that needs some heat to mature and the Luchsinger site is a perfect match for this hearty variety. Beginning in 2015 we were fortunate to be introduced to another fantastic Touriga Nacional vineyard, St. Amant in Amador County of the Sierra Foothills. This vineyard, farmed by the Spencer family since 1972, is composed of sandy granitic loam, and benefits from cool air descending the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains which helps moderate ripening. The grapes have a vibrant personality with fine tannins and bright acidity. The fruit from both of these vineyard sites is crushed lightly prior to pressing to release some color, then fermented with native yeasts and aged in stainless steel. The resulting wines are blended together to harmonize for 4 months prior to bottling in early January.

Luchsinger Vineyard, Kelseyville (Trousseau, Touriga Nacional)
St. Amant Vineyard, Amador (Touriga Nacional)

TROUSSEAU, NORTH COAST

Our North Coast Appellation Trousseau is sourced from the three distinct vineyards; Luchsinger, Bohan Ranch and Bartolomei. The soil and weather in these sites are distinct from each other and as a result yield fruit with singular personalities. We harvest and ferment the sites on their own, without destemming and the resulting wines are aged separately in a mix of neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel. Blending takes place in the early spring and the wine is bottled without fining or filtration in early May. Trousseau is the thinnest skinned grape we work with and we appreciate this unique variety for its ability to make a wine that is light in color but packed with flavor. We feel that Trousseau is an extremely versatile wine that will pair well with a wide variety of foods and occasions.

Luchsinger Vineyard, Kelseyville (Trousseau, Touriga Nacional)

SYRAH, SONOMA COAST

Our Sonoma Coast Syrah bottling hails from the Clary Ranch, Que Syrah, Baker Lane and Solas vineyards. All four of these amazing sites are located in various portions of the Sonoma Coast region and consistently produce fruit that is loaded with intense character, making this one of our hallmark bottlings. The vineyards are harvested and fermented separately without destemming and upon completion of native primary fermentation the wines are basket pressed to a mix of neutral French oak barrels and concrete for ageing. Syrah is well suited for life on the Sonoma Coast as the loose clusters and thick skins manage the cool and often damp growing conditions well. The long slow growing season near the edge of the continent provides complete ripeness at low sugar levels, resulting in a wine of deep color that has generous fruit character with an undercurrent of earth and spice. This is the Syrah to enjoy in its youth while our single vineyard Syrahs mature in the cellar.

Clary Ranch, Sonoma Coast (Syrah + Pinot Noir)
Que Syrah Vineyard, Sonoma Coast (Syrah + Pinot Noir)

GAMAY NOIR, EL DORADO

Many of you will know that we have been working with Gamay from the Sierra Foothills since 2011 under the RPM label. RPM was a collaborative effort between us and our friend Rajat Parr to explore the nature of this variety grown in granitic soils at the Barsotti and Witters vineyards outside Placerville. 2015 was the final vintage for the RPM label and we are now thrilled to bring it into our lineup. Both vineyards for this wine are located at around 3000’ elevation and are harvested and fermented separately, then blended together to make the final wine. The grapes are brought into the winery, loaded into steel fermentation tanks and sealed up for several days to commence carbonic maceration allowing the berries to start the fermentation process from the inside out. This technique, used in many of our favorite producer’s cellars in Beaujolais, adds a spicy fruitiness that infuse freshness and energy in the resulting wines. Upon completion of primary fermentation the wine is transferred to a mix of neutral oak Foudre and stainless steel for aging before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Barsotti Vineyard, El Dorado (Gamay Noir, Poulsard)