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These are my current offerings.

 

2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Price: $35.00
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For the first time, my Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend. About 2/3 from La Cruz vineyard in the Petaluma Gap (source of my Chardonnay from the beginning) and 1/3 from the Barlow Homestead vineyard in Sebastopol. Ripe fruit from La Cruz, precision and cut from Barlow. They work well together!

2015 "The Shop" Carneros Pinot Noir

2015 "The Shop" Carneros Pinot Noir

Price: $35.00
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It is here at last, the 2015 "The Shop" Carneros Pinot Noir. From the highly touted 2015 vintage. An excellent year for Pinot Noir in the north coast of California. 

2015 "El Galpon" Pinot Noir

2015 "El Galpon" Pinot Noir

Price: $30.00
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"El Galpon" roughly translated from Spanish means "the shed" or maybe "the workshop," which makes it related to "The Shop." Which it is--the grapes come from the same vineyard and the only difference between this wine and the "regular" Shop is that it was aged entirely in concrete, rather than in barrel. This gives the wine a freshness and immediacy that turns it in the direction of fun rather than serious. Which as you know, is one of the things that I think there should be more of in the wine business.


2016 Gamay Noir Carneros

2016 Gamay Noir Carneros

Price: $25.00
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My love affair with the Gamay grape continues unabated. This, my second effort, shares the exuberant juicy character with the 2015 with perhaps a touch more grip and a little more stem showing in the flavors. Like the 2015, it was aged entirely in concrete so that no oak would obscure its primal beauty. It was made in the spirit of Cru Beaujolais (not Nouveau), fermented with a lot of whole clusters and handled the same way as my Pinot Noirs--no added yeast, etc. Super fun stuff.


2014 Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2014 Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Price: $56.00
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In 2014, Hirsch Vineyard produced some of the most bright, even flashy, wines of the more than ten years I have been working with it. After the more brooding 2012 and 2013 vintages, I welcome the more open and friendly 2014. As always, this bottling is a barrel selection from the two blocks that I work with at Hirsch, one of them planted to one of the so-called "Dijon clones," known in the business as 114, and the other to an older Californian selection widely referred to as "Pommard." So it's a bit of old and new together, which I like. They compliment each other well, which is also nice. Most years its about two parts Pommard and one part 114, as it is in 2014.

While the 2014 Hirsch was raised entirely in French oak, very little of it was new. The better to let the grape speak. It will require a little time to unwind but I think the 2014 may be my favorite since the 2011.


2014 "The Habitat" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2014 "The Habitat" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Price: $45.00
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The Habitat comes from Paul and Kathryn Sloan's Barlow Homestead Vineyard, located just northwest of the town of Sebastopol. Planted to 3630 vines per acre on Goldridge soil and farmed biodynamically, with an almost insane attention to detail. It's special. 2014 was an excellent vintage, yielding wines of generosity but also with energy and a little grip. This one might be my favorite from the vintage.