2019 Cabernet Franc
The 2019 CABERNET FRANC hails from a diminutive quarter of an acre vineyard tucked against a volcanic rock hillside. Outgoing, friendly, certainly showing the fruity side of this variety without eschewing that faint herbaceous character from its Cabernet Sauvignon parentage. I call it my “yet” wine: Fleshy yet fresh, smooth yet structured, versatile yet complex. With a little digging, one can find hints of pink peppercorn, clove, licorice, blueberry, and magnolia blossom; a mix that straddles the line between western and eastern flavors, like a bridge over the Bosphorus. 48 cases produced.
The 2018 MONTEPULCIANO from the Fox hill vineyard in Mendocino is a little bear of a wine. Unsuccessfully trying to hide a warm heart and complex personality behind a bit of muscular posturing, it will shed the rough edge right away given the proper food accompaniment (bold flavors, grilled meat, southern Italian anything…). Full, big, juicy, showing white pepper and blackberry at the forefront, it takes a masculine (musk, tobacco flower, leather) turn in the long finish. The grainy tannins should take a more polished sheen in the next few years. 73 cases produced.
2018 Cabernet Franc
Juicy black cherry, savory hint of red pepper, musky je-ne-sais-quoi, this wine checks all the boxes of a solid and pure Cabernet Franc. From a tiny vineyard in the north-eastern part of the Russian River appellation, only 35 cases produced.
Fun, fresh, and fruity! This Mendocino county, old vine Carignan shows bright flavor and acidity with moderate alcohol. So versatile it might just become your new favorite companion at the dinner table.
120 cases bottled.
The 2016 vintage is sadly the last one from this vineyard (it has since been grafted to Nebiolo), but this wine is going out with a bang! Where do I start? It is definitely on the fruity and rich side of Montepuciano and it packs vibrant flavors of black cherry and currants. The fine grained tannins mesh beautifully with the juicy core of the wine. I think I'm in love. Only 48 cases produced.
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From grapes grown at 1300 feet elevation in the Yorkville Highland appelation of Mendocino county.
This wine shows the classic side of Montepulciano with bitter chocolate and dusty, tobaccoey notes. There is plenty of tannic structure here but the wine manages to stay light on its feet thanks to moderate alcohol and good acidity. Half of the grapes were wholecluster fermented which adds a bit of peppery complexity.