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2016 LOVE RED

The grapes for this cuvée come from 50-70-year-old, head trained, dry farmed vines in Green Valley. A small amount of Syrah was also sourced for neighboring Wirth Ranch. Carignan (54%), Valdiguié (15%), and Syrah (31%), were de-stemmed and fermented in a 5-ton open-top fermenter. As with all their wines, a small amount of Sulphur was added four weeks before bottling. 13% ABV

(1500 Cases Produced) 786985

2017 LOVE WHITE

Steve and Diane Love started Love Ranch back in 1994. Their sustainably farmed Rhone grape varieties in the Madera Foothills form the perfect base for the Love White. This year they’ve added Grenache Blanc to the mix, which adds freshness and delicacy. The vineyard is at 1350 feet above sea-level on granitic schist. The grapes are harvested at the end of August to maintain acidity. All four grape varieties are co-fermented in a combination of twenty-five hectoliter Hungarian oak, barriques, puncheons, and German halbstück. After eight months, the wine is bottled with minimal Sulphur. 13% ABV

(800 Cases Produced) 786984

2017 GRENACHE GRIS

Gibson Ranch in McDowell Valley, Mendocino, has a small plot of hundred-year-old Grenache Gris vines. They believe some of the vines mutated from Grenache Noir but it’s hard to tell. The soils here are sand and sandy-loam. The grapes were crushed by foot and the skins macerated with the juice for eight hours. It was then pressed off into stainless steel for a day of settling. After a quick racking, the juice was put into neutral puncheon for fermentation and malolactic conversion. No Sulphur was used until bottling. 12% ABV

(150 Cases Produced) 803858

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2016 CHENIN BLANC PET-NAT

Shell Creek Vineyard is planted in eastern Paso Robles. It has been farmed by the Sinton Family since the 1800s. The 45 year old vines are farmed organically on sandy soils with a calcareous bedrock. The grapes are pressed whole cluster into stainless steel where it ferments until there is 15 g/l of residual sugar. It is then chilled and put into bottle to continue fermenting. It spends four months on lees and is then disgorged; sans dosage. 11.5% ABV

(400 Cases Produced) 791280

2017 LOVE ROSÉ

The grapes for this cuvée come from three different vineyards. Solano Vineyard organically farms Valdiguié vines on sandy loam. This comprises 90% of the blend. Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard provides organic Zinfandel from 20-year-old vines planted on volcanic rock in Sonoma. This makes up 8% of the blend. The final component comes from Wirth Vineyard in Suisun. Here, Trousseau vines are planted on sandy loam. After destemming and delicate pressing, all three grapes ferment together in stainless steel at cool temperatures for a month. It is bottled shortly after new-years. 11% ABV

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2016 FREI VINEYARD CHENIN BLANC

Frei Vineyards contains 65-year-old, dry farmed Chenin Blanc vines. The soils here are acidic and composed mostly of Conejo loam. Its climate is almost identical to that of Carneros, but its lower altitude results in more fog. The grapes are whole-cluster pressed into neutral barrel. After malolactic conversion and an extended stay on lees it is bottled. 12% ABV

(200 Cases Produced) 798301

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2016 LONE PINE LAGREIN

The Lagrein for this project is grown by Charlie Cosens in El Dorado County, 1700 feet above sea level. The soils here are volcanic, shale and granite. The grapes are crushed by foot and after an hour the juice was pressed off. The wine is settled for a couple days in neutral oak before being racked off into a concrete egg. 13% ABV

(192 Cases Produced) 794838

2016 LOVE ROSÉ

The grapes for this cuvée come from three different vineyards. 10,000 Buddhas Vineyard organically farms 60 year old Valdiguié vines on sandy loam. This comprises 70% of the blend. Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard provides organic Zinfandel from 20 year old vines planted on volcanic rock. This makes up 20% of the blend. The final component comes from Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino. 20 year old Sauzao vines are planted on sandy loam. After delicate pressing, all three grapes ferment together in stainless steel at cool temperatures for a month. It is bottled shortly after new years. 11.9% ABV

(933 Cases Produced) 791279

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2016 MISSION

The age of the Mission vines in the Somers vineyard is unknown, but we know they certainly haven’t been replanted in at least sixty years. This dry farmed vineyard is adjacent to the river in Lodi and has sandy gravel soils. Whole clusters were added to the tank where partial carbonic maceration took place. After six months élevage, the wine was bottled. This is the first vintage of this cuvée. 13.3% ABV

(176 Cases Produced) 794843

2015 VINESTARR ZINFANDEL

Arrowhead Mountain and Buckhill Vineyard are used in equal parts in this cuvée. Both are planted on volcanic soils and farmed organically in the Sonoma Valley and Russian River respectively. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel and concrete. Élevage is in neutral oak for ten months. 13.5% ABV

(850 Cases Produced) 791283

 

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2016 CARIGNAN

Oat Valley Vineyard is located in the Alexander Valley. The 130+ year old vines are own-rooted as the soils here are too sandy for phyloxera to take hold. This field blend consists of Carignan (85%), Alicante (10%), Zinfandel (4%), and Palomino (1%). The whole clusters undergo partial carbonic maceration. The pressed wine undergoes a six month élevage in concrete before being bottled. Production is less than half of last year’s release. 12.5% ABV

(405 Cases Produced) 786989

2015 VALDIGUIÉ

Valdiguié (sometimes called Gros Auxerrois or Napa Gamay) is a nearly forgotten grape variety. These grapes were mostly sourced from 60+ year old dry farmed vineyards. Chris decided to pay homage to wine grapes namesake and use carbonic maceration to enhance the grapes fruity qualities. This wine is best served with a slight chill. 12% ABV

(1100 Cases Produced) 786986

2014 COUNOISE

Eagle point Ranch planted four acres of Counoise in 2007 using clonal material from Tablas Creek. This organically farmed vineyard rests high in the Mayacamas in Mendocino. The wine was fermented in five ton open top fermenters before being pressed off into 600-1200L neutral german barrels. 13% ABV

(800 Cases Produced) 786988

2015 NERO D'AVOLA

The grapes for this project come from fifteen year old vines in Fox Hill Vineyard, located near Ukiah in Mendocino. The bunches are mostly destemmed although one tenth is fermented whole cluster in clay before being blended back into the rest of the cuvée. 13.5% ABV

(200 Cases Produced) 786987

2015 LOVE RED

The grapes for this cuvée come from 50-70 year old, head trained, dry farmed vines in Green Valley. A small amount of Syrah was also sourced for neighbouring Wirth Ranch. Carignan (65%), Valdiguié (20%), and Syrah (15%), were de-stemmed and fermented in a 5-ton open-top fermenter. As with all their wines, a small amount of sulphur was added four weeks before bottling. 13% ABV

(2200 Cases Produced) 786985

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2015 CARIGNAN

This Alexander Valley vineyard’s sandy soils have protected these 130 year old vines from phylloxera. The Carignan vines are planted amongst Palomino and Alicante of the same age. Whole bunches are added to the tank and blanketed with CO2. The wine then spends a short period in neutral oak and concrete before being bottled. 12.8% ABV

(1100 Cases Produced) 786989

2015 CUVÉE 13

15 year old Syrah vines are planted on gravely loam in the Santa Lucia Highlands. They crop their section of the vineyard high to keep it from building up too much sugar, yet they still harvest two weeks earlier than the vineyards other purchasers. The grapes were only partially destemmed and underwent semi-carbonic maceration. Fermentation and élevage were done in large neutral French oak. 13% ABV

(80 Cases Produced) 791282

2016 COUCOu 

The grapes for this cuvée come from Crown Point Vineyard in Happy Canyon, a warmer sub-AVA of Santa Barbara. Soils here are serpentine loam / clay loam and the diurnal shifts are hefty. Whole clusters were added directly to a 5-ton fermentation tank. It was foot crushed and then gently pumped over before being pressed into neutral French oak barrels. After three months the wine was bottled. 12% ABV

(135 Cases Produced) 791281

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2015 COUNOISE

Eagle point Ranch planted four acres of Counoise in 2007 using clonal material from Tablas Creek (Which used clonal material from Beaucastel in the Rhone). This organically farmed vineyard rests high (1800 feet) in the Mayacamas in Mendocino. The soils are thin and iron rick. The grapes were destemmed and fermented in five ton, open top troniques. The wine then ages in 600-1200L German oak barrels for ten months before bottling. 13% ABV

(587 Cases Produced) 786988

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2017 AMORE BIANCO

This is Chris’s first experience working with Tocai Friulano, a grape hailing from Northern Italy. Lowell Stone planted this variety at Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino twenty years ago on sandy loam soils. The grapes were whole cluster pressed into flex tank where spontaneous fermentation took place. After a short élevage the wine is bottled. 12% ABV

(126 Cases Produced) 803856