Past Vintages

Vintage:   Wine:
2010 Zinfandel Les Enfants Terribles, Heart Arrow Ranch
For the second year, we’ve made a wine from these beautiful organic- and biodynamically-grown vines up in the hills of Mendocino County, about 15 miles north of the town of Ukiah. The purity of flavor and complex midpalette are a break from the fruit-forward style of many Californian wines—it is different in structure than a typical California Zinfandel, but is extraordinarily complex and pleasing both in aroma and on the palate.
2010 Zinfandel Les Enfants Terribles, McFadden Farm
Let’s be upfront at the beginning and say that this is a zinfandel that doesn’t fit the classic image of a California wine. From start to finish, it is unusual in character: lower in alcohol, unfined, low in SO2, fermented using native yeasts found on the grapes, organically grown. We love it—it’s light in color but rich in flavor, has great balance and beautiful acidity, and goes with a very wide range of foods. With patience, it evolves into a thrilling wine
2010 Zinfandel Louvau Vineyard Old Vines, Dry Creek Valley
We consider this vineyard one of the best old-vine vineyards in Sonoma County. Truly, it is an honor to make wine from these remarkable old vines, grown on the property of John Louvau in the center of Dry Creek Valley. Unfortunately the 2010 harvest was tiny (only 1 ton per acre) so this vintage is for the exclusive accessibility of our wine club members.
2009 Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch Old Vines, Alexander Valley
HistoryThis is the twelfth vintage that we’ve made wine from these great old vines grown in one of the best red...
2009 Zinfandel Les Enfants Terribles, McFadden Farm
One of the most unusual wines from California—and with one of the most unusual names—this is a zinfandel that doesn’t fit the classic image of a California wine. It’s a wine that is complex, balanced, and flavorful, and yet has a color and alcohol-level that is more typical of a wine from a cooler region in Europe. From start to finish, it is unusual in character: lower in alcohol, unfined and unfiltered, low in SO2, fermented using native yeasts found on the grapes, organically grown. It’s a wine made in a style that we love—totally drinkable, yet with a complexity that grows stronger over time. With patience, it evolves into a thrilling wine.
2008 Zinfandel Late Harvest
Once again, our Late Harvest Zinfandel from the Lily Hill vineyard in northern Dry Creek Valley turned out to be as intense, complex, and most importantly, balanced, as we desired. Made entirely from grapes grown on the shallow, rocky soils of this steep vineyard owned by Bella Winery, the environment makes the vines struggle to survive, which in turn help the vines create very concentrated, complex grapes.