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now available Fall Releases:



2016 Syrah “sumu kaw”
















The 2016 Sumu Kaw Syrah reminds me very much of the 2014, and somewhat of the 2010. It seems very “together” for such a young wine, very expressive. It shows classic Syrah notes - smoke, herbs, bacon fat, olives - but with its distinctive California twist. The fruits are richer and darker in tone (blackberries!).


Structurally, the wine differs from the 2014 in that it is built for aging (here it resembles the 2010), with firm tannins and a juicy acidity. And age it will, with proper storage. This is our 9th vintage of this Syrah from the Sumu Kaw Vineyard, and tasting back to 2008, none of the
previous years are tasting old or weak. So, although I heartily encourage everyone to drink a
bottle (or two) now, please feel free to stash away a few more bottles to explore in the coming years. For near-term drinking, you may want to decant the wine for a few hours,

but it’s not a necessity – I, for one, enjoy that sort of young syrah / Iggy and the Stooges “Raw Power” sort of vibe.


100% whole cluster fermented Syrah, foot crushed, aged in puncheon and tank.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered.


12.8% abv.

250 cases made.


$30 per bottle. $24 per bottle by the case.  (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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2017 al basc Albariño











This vintage of our skin-fermented and skin-macerated Albariño spent 7 months on its skins, stems and seeds before we drew off the resulting wine. It shows a deep amber color, with an intriguing combination of fresh grape skin and dried apricot fruit aromas. They carry through on the palate, along with spice notes and a savory tannic structure, present but not aggressive.
The wine is a bit of a chameleon in that it has an oxidative quality, but simultaneously tastes very fresh, thanks to the Albariño’s always present acidity.


The al basc is amazingly flexible with a large variety of food choices. We’ve paired it with fish, meat and cheeses, all of them delicious together.
I suspect that wines like these will age pretty much forever.  We’ve had bottles open for weeks that showed few signs of degradation, but rather gained depth and complexity.  (I wouldn’t recommend the “bottle opened for weeks” as a regular practice, though. We experiment so you don’t have to.)


100% Albariño, bottled unfined and unfiltered without additional sulfites.


11.7% abv.

70 cases made.


$28 per bottle. $22.40 per bottle by the case.  (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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2017 One-Eighty











This blend of Albariño and skin-fermented Marsanne is a delightful Fall white wine, with crisp, almost spritzy minerality and floral notes from the Albariño, and melon flavors and grape skin from the Marsanne. I love the way it dances on the tongue, displaying its many attributes in a succession of textures and flavors. Each sip is like a new discovery. There’s just enough grip in the wine to make it work with a plethora of classic, earthier Fall dishes.


The Albariño was direct pressed just like our varietal bottling. The Marsanne was foot crushed and whole cluster fermented in open top fermenters for 12 days before pressing, and added to the previously pressed Albariño juice. The wine was aged on its lees until bottling in the summer of 2018. It was bottled without fining or filtration.


Albariño 56% and Marsanne 44%. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.


11.5% abv.

123 cases made.


$24 per bottle. $19.20 per bottle by the case.  (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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Mo-Ma 2017







61% Mourvedre, 32% Marsanne, 7% Roussanne

Co-fermented

10.5% Alc

Ultimate Glou-Glou wine


Our first release from the 2017 vintage, which overall has been marked by lower alcohols and lower yields than the previous few years. The 2017 Mo-Ma was picked September 21st at 18.5 brix and with a pH of 3.60. The marsanne crop was lower than usual, so we added a bit of roussanne to the blend this year.


The wine shows a light color, on the cusp of  “is it a red or is it a rosé?” It has an earthy, mineral cherry-vanilla aroma, with some grapeskin and plum. It is light bodied, savory and herbal on the tongue, with a core of fresh acidity. Some very fine tannins sneak in at the finish and contribute a peppery sensation.


Served chilled to bring out the spicy notes and to observe how the wine evolves as it warms up. Pairs well with a very wide variety of foods, from salads to fish to steak to wild mushrooms. A versatile drink, which will be our summer house wine. Drink now! Why wait?


257 cases made. 10.5% alc.


$22 per bottle. $17.60 per bottle by the case.  (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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Piedi Grandi 2016







Mountain grown Nebbiolo (38%), Syrah (32%) and Mourvedre (30%)

2900' elevation vineyard on volcanic loam soils

100% whole cluster fermented


This year's Piedi Grandi is flat-out delicious. Though the varietal makeup of the wine is not the “classic” 50/50 blend of Nebbiolo/Mourvedre, it nonetheless tastes like its predecessors. That's a testament to the strong vineyard character of the Sumu Kaw vineyard.


The wine is deep in color. Floral and strawberry aromas leap from the glass. There's crushed thyme and pepper in there, too. The wine is very sleek and smooth on the palate, with a great fruit/herbal balance, and flashes of citrus peel and black tea. The Nebbiolo asserts itself in the finish with its particular, very fine, tannins. The wine just expands in your mouth.


Drink now, or cellar for 5-8 years. 


122 cases made. 13.1% alc.


$26 per bottle.  $20.80 per bottle by the case. (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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Still some cases available:

Mourvèdre “alto” 2016








This new bottling is from a vineyard site on old, deep volcanic soils and an elevation of 2900’. Tightly spaced, head trained vines planted on an old apple orchard just east of Placerville. Whole cluster fermented and aged in a combination of puncheons and tanks. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a mere 20ppm of sulfites.


The aromatic character of this wine shows what are, for me, classic El Dorado County Mourvèdre plum & citrus peel aromas. There’s a note of freshly tilled soil in there as well, common from these volcanic soils. Plum skin flavors, savory, thyme, mushroom, black tea and a bright acidity.  Everything wraps up in a long finish with fine tannins. Suitable for a wide variety of meals.


A worthy addition to our line up, and a more flamboyant cousin to our Cedarville bottling.


213 cases made. 11.7% alcohol. Stelvin closure. 100% Mourvedre.


$26 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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UK: Les Caves de Pyrene
+44-14 83-55 47 70










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