A blend of our two most widely planted white grapes, the Viognier-Roussanne pulls off the balancing act of being rich and luxurious while still light on its feet. The wine is aged for 15 months in French oak (a small percentage is new) and undergoes full malo-lactic fermentation. It exhibits notes of citrus flower and apricots from the Viognier, anchored by lavender-inflected honey flavors from Roussanne. Viscous in texture, but with a lively natural acidity that is key to the wine's balance.
Current Vintage: 2014
We've identified Fenaughty Vineyard as the premier Syrah growing site in the Sierra Foothills, and certainly one of the top sites in all of California. Situated in an outcropping of red volcanic soils on a mountainside at 2700' in elevation, most of the vines were planted in the 1980s and early 1990s. The resulting wine is spicy and fresh, with excellent concentration and a noble structure reminiscent of the best of the northern Rhone.
Current Vintage: 2012 Extremely limited supply
We have 2 blocks of Mourvèdre, planted in a traditional head-trained style with nothing to catch the shoots as they grow. Mourvèdre grows very upright, and this helps to shade the fruit from the omnipresent sun on our South-facing slope. Though the leaves love the sun for the photosynthesis it provides to these slow-ripening grapes, the clusters need to be protected lest they give up their rich color to sunburn. The wine itself is also filled with contradiction: it contains seeming opposites of dried herbs and sweet fruit, and somehow fits an earthy wildness into its civilized whole.
Current Vintage: 2013
Our Reserve Grenache showcases not only our Estate vineyard but two other properties in different soil and elevation. The Swansboro vineyard sits atop a schistous plateau north of Placerville at 2500’ and was planted in 2005. At the 2700’ Fenaughty Vineyard, first planted in the late 1970s, vines grow in a volcanic loam, deposited eons ago and standing in contrast to the coarser, granite-based soils in surrounding areas. The wine is a blend of equal parts from these three sites and is complex and exciting: our estate brings delicious red fruit flavors and a perfumed nose, Swansboro adds baking spice and a mineral component, while the Fenaughty grapes bring their deep-soiled tannin, framing the wine with elegant structure.
Current Vintage: 2013 Extremely limited supply
Okei-San Shiro White Wine
An exquisite white wine representing the pinnacle of our winemaking efforts. Made of 35% Marsanne, 35% Rolle, 15% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc. 18 months in barrel have impressed a complex array of aromas and flavors into the wine. Perhaps you’ll pick up aromas that are the unmistakable mark of longer aging – nutty almond, butterscotch, or dried apricot – right alongside bright, fresh flavors like citrus oil and key lime pie. We’re also betting that a full year-and-a-half in barrel has prepared this wine for long bottle-aging potential, and it will become even more interesting over the next decade of its life.
Current Vintage: 2014
Each year we begin our harvest on a quest for the ultimate rosé. Made in a Provençale style but uniquely El Dorado in character, this dry pink wine has become a signature for the winery. Soaked on their skins for anywhere from 6 to 48 hours, the Mourvedre, Grenache and Counoise in this blend bring flavors of pink grapefruit, watermelon and ethereal red berry, like strawberries whipped in cream. We like this wine best when the grapes are picked early in the year, which coincidentally results in a lower alcohol so you can enjoy an extra glass or two when the weather gets hot!
Current Vintage: 2015