We saw the possibility to make serious wines in the foothills and reveled at the possibility to work with varietals that had simply been ignored in the North Coast.
Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel caught our attention as grapes that grew well in the red dirt of the foothills. We also were intrigued with the unexplored potential in the region for the varietals we were very familiar with from Napa and Sonoma - especially Cabernet Sauvignon. We thought that by bringing all of these together in to a series of marquee blends we could make intricate, dark, and layered wines. The blends do not fall within the traditional mold of varietally-designated wines, but the Sierra Foothills does not fall within the traditional mold of other appellations in California.
The historic mining town of Plymouth is the gateway to the Sierra Foothills. Miners drawn to the gold rush planted the first grape vines in this area more than 150 years ago, and the wine industry has flourished from those humble roots.
Our wines are made at a small family-owned winery right in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. We work with the best vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley for our Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, and Syrah.
Clockspring Vineyards is a 45 year old organic vineyard that provides fruit for many of our wines.
We source Cabernet Sauvignon from the Fairplay AVA in El Dorado County.The higher elevations give us cooler nights, creating wines of depth and finesse.
The area can grow an astounding range of varietals well and it would be a folly not to showcase that breadth and how the varietals can play with each other in the bottle.
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