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Grenache 2014

Sonoma Valley

Owned by Landmark Vineyards, this vineyard is planted into 11 acres of Rhone varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. It is located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, the land of crescent moons. To realize our vision for Edaphos, we work with Grenache from Block 3 and Block 10 focusing specifically on clones that express the more ethereal characteristics of the varietal.

Vinified using carbonic maceration with a subsequent period of aging in a concrete amphora, we preserved elevated aromatic compounds while preserving the purity of its classic flavors. On the nose, dried cherries, red roses and wet pebbles, with underlying notes of dried herbs, such as thyme and oregano. Very dry, light and fruity but earthy and gripping on the palate. The finish is persistent and returns to the wine's initial floral and dried fruits character, confirming its mischievous nature and deceiving early assumed delicacy.

Aging: Carbonic maceration into concrete amphora
Cases Produced: 127
Alc. BY Vol: 14.8

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Single Vineyard

Ernest Vineyards specializes in site-specific wines. Each of our wines comprises grapes from one vineyard and one vineyard only. For our Ernest labels, we use grapes from nine sites in all. Some sites are well-draining, some are on hillsides. Some face west, some are considered cold-climate. We work closely with growers and vineyard managers at each site to dial-in the farming to adhere to a style that maximizes flavor ripeness while keeping sugars down and acidity high. The result: Wines that are pure expressions of the sites from which they came.

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Rosé

We produce rosé under the Eugenia label; our current release, from the 2015 vintage, include two different wines. One—The Country Wife—is a rosé of cinsault, and is just like all of our other single-vineyard wines, made with grapes from one vineyard and one vineyard only. Another—The Motley—is a rosé of pinot noir, and is a blend from our very coldest pinot noir sites.

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The Lab

In addition to Ernest and Eugenia, we own and operate a third label: Edaphos (pronounced ee-dah-fos). It means “base,” “ground,” and “soil” in Greek; we felt it was a good expression of our attitude behind this winemaking. We consider this part of our business to be our “laboratory,” the place where we make small-lot wines that incorporate new and exciting approaches to winemaking with different styles and off-beat grape varietals. Sometimes we also call it our “sandbox.” The Edaphos strategy enables us to explore, experiment, and apply some of the lessons we learn to wines we make under our other labels. It also allows us to produce different wines whenever we feel like making them.

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We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our wines, and actively are adding new members to our list. For more information, or to reserve a spot for our latest releases, please call us at 415-644-5178 or submit your information in the boxes below.

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