Lifted floral aromas give way to silky smooth mouthfeel and flavors of fresh picked wild berries, licorice and Santa Rosa plum in this unique take on California Zinfandel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 15 months aging in old French Oak barrels. Drink on it's own or pair with just about anything, including turkey, pork, BBQ chicken, and vegetables reduced in red wine or balsamic sauces.WinemakingWe took about 25% of this Zinfandel and dumped the whole clusters into big T-bin fermenters before destemming the remaining grapes over the top. The Zinfandel then underwent a two week native open-air fermentation before being pressed off into old French Oak barrels, where it aged for 11 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A perfect Grenache for Pinot drinkers, this chillable red wine is
bursting with fruit flavors of bing cherries, baking spice, and strawberry fruit roll up, highlighted with cinnamon and white pepper
spices. It's delicious, it's versatile, and we have paired with anything from pizza to duck to grilled chicken, hambergers, and vegetables...the fresh acidity and light tannin finish would even hold up to red meats like Hanger Steak and Filet Mignon. Only 90 cases produced, so please buy this wine before we drink it all!WinemakingThis is our first time working with the younger vines from the top of a steep vineyard on the east side of Amador County, so we wanted to make a light, fruit-driven wine that could be served chilled and perfect for sipping. To achieve this, we sorted 50% of the fruit whole cluster into the bottom of our large, open-air fermenters and then destemmed the remaining 50% of the Grenache on top of the clusters. The wine underwent a 22-day native fermentation before we lightly pressed the juice into old French Oak barrels, where it aged for eight months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This wine is
everything you love about Malbec delivered in a light, fresh package, creating a familiar yet unique experience for this rare grape to find in California.
Our Malbec has flavors of Santa Rosa plum, blackberry, coffee, and hints
of dark chocolate and graphite, finished off with the lightest of tannins and loads of fresh, food-friendly acidity. This is a truly versatile red wine that pairs with anything
from pizza to ribs, or burgers, tacos, steak, and BBQ chicken.Clarksburg AVAThe Clarksburg viticultural area lies just south of Sacramento alongside the Sacramento river which acts as a night time temperature regulator in this hot daytime region. The sandy, alluvial soils of the region and cooling river influence have many likening it to the Loire region of France, making it a perfect area to grow Chenin Blanc (which we also produce from this same vineyard). However, we also found many similar characteristics in the temperature and soils to the lower regions of Mendoza in Argentina, so we were stoked to pick up this vineyard and make a (rare) California 100% Malbec.WINEMAKINGWe destemmed this Malbec, 100% whole berry and fermented it in very large S-bin open-air fermenters. The native ferment immediately took off the first night and the wine was completely dry and pressed off one week from picking. The short time on the skins yielded a very aromatic and light bodied wine, which we pressed into old French Oak barrels for 7 months aging before we bottled without fining or filtration.119 cases produced
SOLD OUT. THANK YOU! 2021 VINTAGE COMING IN A FEW MONTHS.We have been making a light/fresh style of Zinfandel for years, so when we saw that our new Estate was planted to a small block of Primitivo, Aaron was very excited to work with it. Primitivo is an Italian clone of Zinfandel, which has smaller berries than California Zinfandel, which yield wines of more concentration, structure and weight. Our first Estate Primitivo wine opens with notes of earth, chalk, and minerality, that lead into concentrated flavors of strawberry compote, baking spices, blackberry and boysenberry, which is brought back on the finish with chewy, drying tannins and bright acidity.WinemakingOur first estate Primitivo was 75% de-stemmed and 25% whole cluster, fermented in large open-air fermentation
vessels during its two week native fermentation. Once dry, we pressed the wine off into
old French Oak barrels where it aged for 11 months before being bottled
without fining or filtering."Gold Dust Estate Vineyard"Our estate vineyard resides on a ridge line at 2700' elevation in the Fair Play AVA of
southern El Dorado County where the significant diurnal shift and well
draining granitic soils yield wines minerality, amazing aromatics and
Vibrant aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, and soft white pepper lead into a silky mouthful highlighted by flavors of raspberry, bright red cherry, and underripe wild berries. This Zinfandel is made in the same low-alcohol style as our other Zins, but showcases an intensity and verve that only comes from this special vineyard and the immaculate farming practices of Shake Ridge Ranch. Drink on it's own (we serve is slightly chilled) or pair with just about anything, including turkey, ribs!, BBQ chicken, pizza and burgers.WinemakingWe took about 25% of this Zinfandel and dumped the entire clusters into big T-bin fermenters before destemming the remaining grapes over the top. The Zinfandel then underwent a three week native open-air fermentation before being pressed off into old French Oak barrels, where it aged for 18 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.Shake Ridge Ranch VineyardPlanted at 2,500' elevation between two ridge lines, the Shake Ridge Ranch is a beautiful patchwork of vineyard blocks laid out over the rolling landscape. The uniquely situated vineyard benefits from both high elevation and the volcanic-shist-granitic soils found in this mountainous region. These elements combine to yield wines of both finesse and intensity.
We are very excited to finally release our very first Tempranillo from our Gold Dust Estate Vineyard! This wine exhibits the beautiful, classic, and savory characteristics of the Tempranillo grape, opening up with aromas of dried fig, fresh rolling tobacco, and tomato leaf, which lead into flavors of cherries and plumb laced in just a touch of clove and vanilla before finishing with chewy tannin and bright acidity. This wine makes a great paring with BBQ dishes, smoked meats, ribs, and of course, both Spanish and Mexican foods.WINEMAKINGOur Tempranillo was destemmed and fermented in open-air bins for three weeks using only indigenous yeast. The wine was pressed off into two old French Oak Barrels and one old American Oak barrel (a nod to classic Rioja-style Tempranillo, which often seems some American oak aging), where it aged for 18 months before being bottled without fining or filtration.Only 64 cases produced
Our 2021 Estate Syrah is co-fermented with our Estate Viognier, a la Côte-Rôtie style, 100% whole cluster and foot treaded daily for seven days until native fermentation had broken down the clusters to the point we could use our punchdown tool.This special Syrah opens with savory aromas of smoked bacon fat and gamey meat, which lead into softer notes of violets and black olives framed by flavors of blueberry, raspberry, under ripe blackberry and white pepper, followed with light tannin and fresh acidity. Great on its own (and ever-so-slightly chilled) or pair with lamb, burgers, steaks, and winter stews.WinemakingOur first estate Syrah release is a co-ferment of all whole-cluster Syrah (75%) and Viognier (25%). We sorted and mixed these two varietals (Côte-Rôtie style) in large open-air fermentation vessels where the grapes were foot-stomped once per day through the three week fermentation period. Once dry, we pressed the wine off into old French Oak barrels and aged the wine 10 months before being bottled without fining or filtering."Gold Dust Estate Vineyard"Our estate vineyard resides on a ridge line at 2700' elevation in the Fair Play AVA of
southern El Dorado County where the significant diurnal shift and well
draining granitic soils yield wines of focus, minerality, amazing aromatics, and
We finally did it. After 10+ years of wine making, Aaron finally made "King Cab" for the very first time! Our 2020 Fair Play Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from a small, rocky block of vines on a hillside about 10 minutes down the road from our property. Only a ton of this fruit was procured, lightly de-stemmed, and natively fermented in open-air containers for 24 days. The wine was then pressed into two neutral French Oak Bordeaux barrels and aged for 14 months before bottling without fining or filtration. 43 cases produced.While our Conduit label is strictly focused on Rhône varietals, Aaron decided this special wine should be limited released with our old Conduit logo. We decided to label this the "BDX Series," as Aaron loves the Bordeaux varietals and wanted to have an avenue to feature these grapes every few years. While we will not be releasing another BDX wine in 2022, we do plan on making more BDX varietals in the future, so be sure to grab this beauty while supplies last as we only have this wine available in the tasting room for two months and we are already down to less than 25 cases!TASTING NOTESThe wine opens up with alluring aromas of tobacco with a hint of cedar, reminiscent of the wine's Old World counterparts; however, as you get into this wine, you will quickly realize how fresh and juicy this wine is with the mid-palet bursting with fresh wild berries, under ripe plumb and cassis. The silky texture of this wine leads seamlessly into a finish of soft tannin and juicy acidity. This is actually a Cabernet Sauvignon that you can enjoy on its own, but still has the power to hold up to bold flavors pairings like Roasted Lamb or Prime Rib. The wine is drinking great right now, but we anticipate it will continue to age and mature brilliantly over the new 10+ years.