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WineSmith 2017 Grenache
WineSmith 2017 Grenache

There is, in my view, no other region in California that compares to the Santa Cruz Mountains for producing wines of distinctive terroir expression. Something about its mountain soils and mix of sandstone and greenstone, plus the lush surrounding herbs that encircle its tiny vineyards and impart their own distinctive “air-oir” gives each vineyard a unique stamp. The area is moderated by heavy Pacific influence but also lifted above the fog so that it enjoys plenty of cool direct sunlight, the perfect recipe for the grape to express itself.

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$40.00Available

WineSmith 2015 Cabernet Franc
WineSmith 2015 Cabernet Franc

The father of Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape is among the most challenging to work with and seldom is bottled as a pure varietal. Its great vigor requires bright sunlight and a limiting soil to prevent excessive fruit shading, but its delicate aromas will also easily burn off.

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WineSmith 2005 Cabernet Franc
WineSmith 2005 Cabernet Franc

Because of our “ Because of our “day job day job day job” as winemaking consultants, we decided in 1993 to establishthis challenging grape as our signature varietal. It’s a wine which requires skill to do well, and is capable of great depth when properly made. Since then, we have developed the reputation for some of California’s best Cab Francs. This is perhaps our finest effort to date.

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WineSmith 2004 Cabernet Franc
WineSmith 2004 Cabernet Franc

Because of our day job as winemaking consultants, we decided in 1993 to establish this challenging grape as our signature varietal – it’s a wine which requires skill to do well, and is capable of great depth when properly made.   Since then, we have developed the reputation for some of California’s best Cab Francs.  This is perhaps our finest effort to date.

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2014 Grenache (Bates Ranch)
2014 Grenache (Bates Ranch)

There is, in my view, no other region in California that compares to the Santa Cruz Mountains for producing wines of distinctive terroir expression. Something about its mountain soils and mix of sandstone and greenstone, plus the lush surrounding herbs that encircle its tiny vineyards and impart their own distinctive “air-oir” gives each vineyard a unique stamp. The area is moderated by heavy Pacific influence but also lifted above the fog so that it enjoys plenty of cool direct sunlight, the perfect recipe for the grape to express itself.

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2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (PennyFarthing)
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (PennyFarthing)

Before it was taken from its cradle in France and raised in the New World as a muscular brute, Cabernet (in both its varietal manifestations) had aristocratic roots which obliged it to greatness by striving to inspire rather than to assault. Our winery’s notion of Cabernet Sauvignon aligns not with the fruitforward, fleshy style of Australia, but with the sinewy, deeply energetic offerings of Bordeaux.

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2009 Chardonnay (PennyFarthing)
2009 Chardonnay (PennyFarthing)

How seldom today does one find Chardonnay permitted to express its true nature, resembling more a lush, sweet golden delicious apple than the oppressive toast and butter we see nowadays.

We all know that California Chardonnay has become something of a beast.

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$20.00Available

2007 Crucible
2007 Crucible

The making of Crucible is our pride and joy, truly a labor of love. This is the Student Vineyard of Napa Valley College, where Clark taught Advanced Winemaking for many years. In 2003, Dean of Viticulture Stephen Krebs tore out most of the Chardonnay vines from which Faux Chablis was made and planted two German cold weather clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Clones 337 and 15 possess unusual characteristics uniquely suited to this cool emerging appellation.

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$275.00Available

1999 Crucible
1999 Crucible

This is “real wine” with incredibly dense, melted tannins. Its two-ton harvest was the entire focus of our winemaking consulting team for the ’99 harvest. Picked on November 1st at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yielded very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas.

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2014 Pinot Gris (Arroyo Seco)
2014 Pinot Gris (Arroyo Seco)

This grape was originally discovered in Burgundy sometime in the Middle Ages as a mutation of Pinot Noir, and is genetically identical to its parent except for a single gene, and shares its florality, oily mouthfeel and stone fruit aromas as well as tremendous sensitivity to the terroir of a specific site.

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2005 Pinot Noir (Second Fiddle)
2005 Pinot Noir (Second Fiddle)

Fiddlestix is a magical playground of differing sites and clonal selections, owned and farmed by Kathy Joseph. I adore her wines and have wished for many years to do a Pinot project with her, having come to know her as my former UC Davis study partner who then went on to found the wonderful Fiddlehead Cellars brand in the early 1980’s. Later, she planted the Fiddlestix Vineyard in the famed Santa Rita Hills appellation of the cool central coast with a mélange of sexy scions.

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$75.00Available

2011 Merlot (Two Jakes)
2011 Merlot (Two Jakes)

Our vineyard is located in a site with rocky granitic soils that result in a very different expression of Merlot from the typical California profile. The persistent sunny rays at the high altitude impart extravagant color and bright pomegranate aromas with no vegetal aspect. Our proximity to Clear Lake’s afternoon cooling “lake effect” preserves these aromas. While our volcanic soils produce solid, age-worthy tannins which impart amazing ageworthiness.

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2006 Meritage (Planet Pluto)
2006 Meritage (Planet Pluto)

When scientists rejected planetary status for Pluto in 2003, we took exception. “Planet” is a very old term which means “wanderer,” thus any heavenly body which orbits the sun – is a planet! It doesn’t matter that Pluto doesn’t fall into the categories established for scientific theories of planetary formation. It’s still there, wandering around our solar system, and we can call it a planet if we want to -- it’s our language, not theirs!

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2008 Meritage (Diamond Ridge)
2008 Meritage (Diamond Ridge)

As California’s largest Cabernet Sauvignon clonal library, The challenge for our flagship blend was to make an eloquent statement of place, a blend which captures the unique attributes and displays all the aspects of this special site.

The core of the blend was equal proportions of three Cabernet Sauvignon clones. Clone 4 is the most feminine and shows a sweet core of strawberry fruit. Clone 8 possesses a refined mid-palate weight and black cherry flavors. Clone 337 has the most tannic structure and adds cassis and plum characteristic of Pauillac.

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2005 Crucible
2005 Crucible

The making of Crucible is our pride and joy, truly a labor of love. Its tiny 90 case production is the entire focus of our winemaking team during harvest. Picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yield tiny volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with black fruit aromas. Crucible’s profound essence of rich blueberries is a typical expression of the Coombsville district surrounding Napa town.

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$500.00Available

2011 Cabernet Franc (Two Jakes)
2011 Cabernet Franc (Two Jakes)

The father of Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape is among the most challenging to work with and seldom is bottled as a pure varietal. Its great vigor requires bright sunlight and a limiting soil to prevent excessive fruit shading, but its delicate aromas will also easily burn off.

Diamond Ridge is located in a sunny high altitude site with rocky granitic soils which force Cabernet Franc to put its energy into pushing its roots down into the rock, resulting in a lively mineral energy in the wine’s finish. These conditions develop good color and firm but refined tannins which impart amazing age-worthiness.

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2010 Cabernet Franc Roman Reserve, Lot 2 (Two Jakes)
2010 Cabernet Franc Roman Reserve, Lot 2 (Two Jakes)

Diamond Ridge is located in a sunny high altitude site with rocky granitic soils which force Cabernet Franc to put its energy into pushing its roots down into the rock, resulting in a lively mineral energy in the wine’s finish. These conditions develop good color and firm but refined tannins which impart amazing age-worthiness.

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$50.00Available

2004 Crucible
2004 Crucible

Rich blueberries typical to the cool regions surrounding the town of Napa are supported by massive but refined tannins which should gain depth for several decades.

This is “real wine” with incredibly dense, melted tannins. Its five-ton harvest is the entire focus of our winemaking consulting team during harvest. Picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yielded very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas.

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$500.00Available

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Two Jakes)
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Two Jakes)

Our vineyard on a peninsula jutting into the southeastern corner of Clear Lake is the site of the most extensive commercial Cabernet Sauvignon clonal library in the State of California. Its persistent sunny rays at the high altitude draw from each clone its unique aromatic signature, and the cooling “lake effect” prevents them from volatilizing, preserving a distinct clonal stamp on each. Different clones will develop aromas as diverse as grenadine, cassis, raspberry, carob, Asian spice and tar, with tannins and acidity equally varied.

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2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

This perfect vintage allowed us to make another “real wine” with wonderfully density and stout but refined tannins. The structure and framework is firm, while the entry and mid-palate delight with a rich, generous base wine of soft round tannins and a sweet core of cassis.

Grapes picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness showcase the celebrated Peterson vineyard worked in harmony with the tiny berries of Tulucay Vineyard, which yield very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas.

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2008 Cabernet Franc (Diamond Ridge)
2008 Cabernet Franc (Diamond Ridge)

The father of Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape is among the most challenging to work with and seldom is bottled as a pure varietal. Its great vigor requires bright sunlight and a limiting soil to prevent excessive fruit shading, but its delicate aromas will also easily burn off.

Diamond Ridge is located in a sunny high altitude site with rocky granitic soils which force Cabernet Franc to put its energy into pushing its roots down into the rock, resulting in a lively mineral energy in the wine’s finish. These conditions develop good color and firm but refined tannins which impart amazing age-worthiness.

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