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To capture the essence of the site, we believe that the vines and soil must receive lavish care and attention. Meticulous pruning, precise canopy work, use of compost tea preparations, and low yields are all practiced in tune with the rhythm of the growing season.

At harvest, the fruit is picked over numerous passes based on physiological ripeness, regardless of variety. The composition of each individual co-fermentation is not predetermined, and varies dependent on vintage character.

In the cellar, the fruit is sorted and fermented in small lots using native yeast. Each lot is barreled down into custom large format tight grained oak, as well as clay/ceramic vessels. Then aged on lees (with no racking), before being blended and bottled with no fining or filtration.The Helianthus embodies the spirit of our work; beautiful to the senses, but with extreme precision in arrangement.

Our direct press Rose offers a unique blend of complexity and freshness. We basket press, and ferment with native yeast in stainless steel to retain aromatic intensity. Lees aging adds depth and fine structure.

Merlot, Cabernet Franc. 114 cases

Melon, candied citrus, rose petal, juicy acidity.
— Jason Exposto

Once again, we picked the fruit in the cool early morning and sorted directly into the basket press. The juice was run directly to stainless barrels for wild fermentation.

Cabernet Franc, Merlot. 112 cases

Rose petal and potpourri aromatics, cool mineral, orange rind, and raspberry. Fresh and complex.
— Jason Exposto

Refreshing and complex rosé from a cool pocket of the vineyard. Based on Cabernet Franc with a small contribution of Petit Verdot. We hand-picked this small parcel, basket pressed the whole clusters, and fermented cool with native yeast. Our impression…

Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. 80 cases

“The 2019 rosé quenches the senses. Fresh pit fruit, red berry and crushed florals on the highly perfumed nose, along with suggestions of orange zest. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering intense nectarine, red currant, strawberry and candied lavender flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity, clarity, and coolness.”
— Jason Exposto

Pure aromas of quince, apricot, honeysuckle and lime zest. expansive and silky on the palate, but full of energy – pink apple, white raspberry, and grilled stone fruit. with more time in the glass, layers of pastry-like texture build around the seductive floral qualities, making for a fascinating interplay of energy and texture.

Hand picked, basket pressed, native yeast & barrel fermented, bottled unfined and unfiltered.

136 cases

Sourced from a cool pocket of the vineyard and picked over numerous passes. We basket press the whole clusters and run the cool juice to seasoned French oak barrels, where the native yeast ferments the wines to dryness. We age for several months on lees before bottling unfined and unfiltered.

163 cases

Meyer Lemon, Jasmine, Stone fruit, Flinty acidity.
— Jason Exposto

From a cool north facing site, we harvested our small parcel over several passes. Our intent was to capture the flavors toward the fresher end of the spectrum (crystalline green and yellow hues), to synergize with the natural richness and acidity of these dry farmed vines. In the winery hand sorting, basket pressing, and fermenting with indigenous yeasts from the vineyard, further refine the view.

In the glass the blanc is elevated in its texture and aromatic presence. While at the same time having a refreshment factor and acid line we enjoy. 84 cases

Stone fruit, lemon verbena, chalk, peach blossom, honeysuckle. Strikingly deep, pure blanc.
— Jason Exposto

A pleasant and even picking window let Jason pick the grapes without any rush from the elements. once picked, he did thirty percent whole berry fermentations, then the wine rested and aged in large format barrels and an amphora.

223 cases

"What a succulent red with blackberry, blackcurrant, red-plum, and wet-earth aromas and flavors. Medium to full body with super-fine tannins that melt into the wine. Some dusty and tile undertones..." 97 points
— James Suckling

Rich, inky and wonderfully vibrant, the 2018 helianthus pulses with energy from start to finish. Inky dark fruit, gravel, lavender, violet, and dark spice build as the 2018 gradually opens with some aeration. The mid palate is vibrant and powerful, yet also remarkably light on its feet. The smaller than usual berry size in 2018, combined with cooler fermentation temperatures has resulted in a chiseled tannin profile, that is nearly buried in layers of fruit and perfume.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. 328 cases

“What a beautiful wine with very fine tannins and a creamy, reserved texture. Medium to full body with such tension and beauty. Approachable and delicious. About one fourth made in amphora. Subtle character. 71% cabernet sauvignon, 15% petit verdot, 12% merlot and 2% cabernet franc. Unfined and unfiltered. Drink or hold.”
— James Suckling

Immediate in expression, the bouquet of blackcurrant, raspberry coulis, and spring florals are complemented by touches of graphite from the Cabernet. The palate is layered, and packed with black and red fruit laced with minerals, crushed stone, and a touch of India ink. The finish fans out with a fine bed of tannin and accents of powdery blue fruit.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot. 203 cases

“Full-bodied, rounded, and sexy, it's one of the most opulent and sexy wines in the vintage. It still has terrific freshness and elegance, as well as purity. Drink it over the coming 20 years or more.”
— Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 helianthus is a wine that draws you in. Vibrant aromatics and silky, lacy textural nuances speak to finesse above all else. Crème de cassis, blackberry preserve, chocolate, alpine herbs and wild flowers all grace the palate, with a fabric like tannin that accentuates the wine's purity. With time in the glass more volcanic and mineral impressions add to this perfumed complexity.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. 355 cases

“The 2016 Helianthus is gorgeous. Dark, ample and savory, the 2016 possesses terrific resonance and breadth. Sage, charcoal, menthol, spice, leather and chocolate all run through this plush, super-expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense mineral underpinnings give the wine its shape and overall feel. Brooding and mysterious in feel, the 2016 is showing beautifully today. This is a fabulous example of the year at its finest.”
— Antonio Galloni

Seamless and opulent yet built more on finesse than power, the 2015 is a clear expression of this site. Aromatics shimmer between lifted rose petal, lavender and a host of other floral and spice notes. With air and time in the glass, more dark and mysterious shadings are introduced. On the palate, expressive savory and floral notes give the sumptuous dark fruit considerable freshness and buoyancy through a soil borne tannin line.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. 232 cases

“2015 he-li-an-thus has beautiful purity and complexity in its floral, cassis, blueberry, spice and rose petal-scented bouquet. This carries to a full-bodied, ripe, unctuous beauty that has sweet tannin and a great, great finish. It can be enjoyed today or cellared for 15-20 years.”
— Jeb Dunnuck

A true wine of place, the 2014 is alluring but authoritative. Scents of small dark cherries, Indian ink and lush florals are penetrating while maintaining a sense of space. The palate is harmonious and animated; cassis, dark fleshed fruits and accents of sweet tobacco are lifted by a violet top note. An undertow of svelte, mineral rich tannins build into a fragrant rolling finish. The vintage is accessible in its youth (with a minimal decant), yet has the substance to go on for decades.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. 374 cases

“A much smaller crop has resulted in an elegant, delicious, front end-loaded wine that has an opaque ruby/purple color, sweet, flowery blueberry and black raspberry fruit, medium to full body, and delicious, light tannins.”
— Robert Parker

The 2013 is a distillation of florals and fruit. Vibrant aromas of crushed lavender, black tea, and blue fruits are voluminous and layered. On the palate there is superb levity and richness; creme de cassis, licorice, and wild savory meld into a sweet core, and are framed by an ethereal sense of purity. The ample concentration and structure of the wine is pixilated into a thrilling fabric of fruit and perfume. This wine will continue to reward those with patience and cold cellars.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. 508 cases

“It is a beauty, and has a certain restrained character, but super-concentration.”
— Robert Parker