The imposing redwood and stone barn structure nestles into the cliff side, protected from crashing waves by a flat rock bench eroded over eons. The cellar is filled with French, Hungarian and American oak barrels and specialty equipment suited to handcrafted wine making. Highest quality grapes, open-top fermenters and a portable grape receiving system allow small lot premium winemaking with critical attention to detail. The unique location lets magical forces come into play; waves crash into sea caves under the cellar, naturally filtering wine from its sediment. Salt from sea air deposits on barrels accelerating osmosis while creating viscous and dense wines. If you have any questions you can always call for information and personal recommendations and pairings, we would be happy to assist you!
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2016 FRENCH IN ORIGIN
2018 FRENCH IN ORIGIN
Eddie Graziano grows our Charbono and lovingly tends this tiny Orange Muscat vineyard right next to his home. There are fewer than 350 acres remaining in the state. Finding these rare gems and introducing them to our members and guests is a great pleasure. Vinified with carefully controlled cold fermentation and retaining a bit of residual sugar results in a frisky off-dry wine with a clean, floral finish and enough acidity to pair with spicy Asian and Indian dishes.
Dana Kirkpatrick, our cellar master, grew these grapes on his own farm in Finley, CA (Clear Lake area). Then he harvested them, brought them to the coast, and we fermented and barrelled aged the wine in new oak.
IT'S MY FAULT
Two multi-vintage blends (one white, one red) made to commemorate the discovery of the PACIFIC STAR FAULT – geologist Dorothy Merritts announced it to the world in 2006. Running directly under the winery, it connects to the San Andreas fault system 12 miles out to sea. Our white is a delicious blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, and Roussanne. Keep a bottle around for those moments when “I’m sorry” needs to be expressed in a creative way. A great inexpensive gift too!
IT'S MY FAULT
The red version of our signature blended vino made with Dolcetto, Negroamaro, Barbera and Charbono grapes. And yes, we have our own seismograph!
"It's My Fault Rocks!" ~ Marcellus
DAD'S DAILY RED
CARIGNANE, CHARBONO, PETITE SIRAH
Sally’s tribute to her dad Fred, who often lamented “…nobody makes Claret anymore. I love Claret.” He was remembering the California heritage blends of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s when individual grape varieties weren’t showcased, but married together. Since the first vintage in 1996 Dad’s has become everyone’s favorite - old vine Carignane and Petite Sirah blended with the rare Charbono and hearty Zinfandel. Don’t let the moderate price fool you, it ages beautifully and proudly stands tall. Lift a glass and toast to your Dad.
"Dad's Daily is Heavenly." ~ Joni
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CLASSIC RED VARIETALS
2016 ITALIAN IN ORIGIN
An old favorite returns! Grown in Mendocino County, Talmadge, and Foxhill Vineyard.
2016 ITALIAN IN ORIGIN
Carignane is a classic blending grape. Sally gets these grapes from Robert Stevenson at Hidden Hawk Ranch in Redwood Valley. He also grows our monster pumpkins that you see here in the Fall. Carignane is also 1/3 of the Dad's Daily Red Blend.
2014 ITALIAN IN ORIGIN
FRENCH IN ORIGIN
Charbono hit a low of 47 acres left in the world just 10 years ago - all the remaining vines were old and weakened by disease, making ripening difficult and propagation uneconomical. Vulnerable to rot from early rains, we thank only the most dedicated growers for Charbono’s existence. Inglenook Winery made Charbono into Gold Medalwines at the World’s Fair for years … some still drinkable 30 years later. Our flagship, this lovely relic from the past is enjoying a rebirth. Eddie Graziano grows our Charbono in Calpella, Mendocino County.
DNA science has recently been applied to grape varieties, identifying Petite Sirah as a cross between French Syrah (Shiraz in Australia) and the obscure Pelorsin. Created in the 1880’s by Plant Biologist Dr. Durif – the grape is known as Durif in France and came to California with immigrants at the turn of the century. Susceptible to rot due to its tightly packed clusters, it is notoriously difficult to grow, dipping to 2,000 acres in the early 90’s. Winemakers have led the come back as this is the heartiest of wines; rich, dark, chewy, fruity and tannic.
SPANISH IN ORIGIN
Spain’s dominant variety (which has more vineyard acreage than any country) and famous for it’s role in the wines of the Rioja and classic Ports of Portugal. Since it prefers the highlands of Spain, the best growing areas in California need to be moderately hot with cool evenings like the foothills of El Dorado County. Our’s is 100% Tempranillo - in its homeland it’s often blended with Grenache and Mazuelo (Carignane).