About our wines

We have a passion for Pinot; mostly Noir, as well as Blanc and Gris... Chardonnay has a special place in our vineyards, too. This passion started long ago, and it led to pioneering a growing region, planting many acres of vineyards, representing California Pinot Noir across the US and abroad and working many, many hours on a tractor.

Our home is on the Santa Rosa Road corridor, in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, where the cool, ocean-influenced growing conditions and clay-based soils help us grow Pinot and Chardonnay with elegantly layered aromatics and refreshing acid profiles.

 

To be more specific...

We are on the 34°N parallel, the same latitude as Tunisia, and the sun here is intense. Our vineyards are located on north-facing slopes, where the afternoon sun and its heat are less marked, and the grapes–at perfect ripeness–can convey floral, fruit and mineral aromas to the wines. The temperature on our estate peaks around 12:30 PM due to the afternoon maritime onshore winds, and this is much earlier than other California Pinot Noir growing regions. Although our region reaches similar temperature highs as others, the duration of heat is not as long, fostering the unique wine profiles of the Sta. Rita Hills that we live to capture and share.

Spring 2019 Release
94 points, Antonio Galloni

Bright red fruits, cranberry, and faint licorice scents are buttressed by mocha, smoke, and coffee bean notes from a prolonged barrel aging.  On the palate, silky tannins are balanced with sizzling acid, keeping everyting sturdy and fresh.  Flavors of blackberry and white pepper echo on the finish.

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SKU: PNBS16s
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SKU: BTSR15t
 

Nose of herbal cherry and strawberry aromas, with refreshing, juicy persimmon tartness. 

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Spring 2019 Release

The nose hints at gravel after intense summer rains, mountain strawberry, and watermelon rind.  On the palate, our 2018 Vin Gris is clear and vibrant, showing a disarming minerality that lends it a seriousness beyond the average pink wine.  Further notes of strawberry hold this wine to a tight line, yielding the freshness that only early harvested Pinot Noir from old vines can express.  Enjoy with plenty of sunshine and all types of locally-grown cuisine.

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SKU: VGSR18t
 

Spring 2019 Release

Gracefully coating the palate with velvety tannins and refreshing, vibrant acidity, the wine shows candied rose, blood orange, yellow peach, and white cherry flavors.

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SKU: GNRW17t

Spring 2019 Release

Refreshing notes of Kaffir lime and Meyer lemon on the nose, punctuated by yellow peach, wet stone, and honey.

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SKU: BLLE17t
 

Fall 2018 Release 

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SKU: GBSY17t

Spring 2019 Release 
457 cases produced

Laden with black fruit, plum, and blueberry aromas and flavors, along with the trademark sauvage notes the vineyard is known for, the 2016 El Jabali Pinot Noir sings on the palate. 

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SKU: PNEJ16t
 

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Aged in ten-year-old French Oak barrels. Delicate lychee and Eidelweiss floral nose. Rich full texture with earthy minerality and plesant grapefruit undertones. 

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A complilation of the best barrels in our cellar that receives additional aging in the barrel and bottle. Lusciously spiced with seductive flavors of cherry tart, dried plum and raspberry, featuring silky tannins. 

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SKU: W_14-PN-BS