Aging punk rockers Dan Schaaf and Aaron Olson began making wines together in 2008 using a battered little warehouse in Napa. Their minimalist wines use fruit from a variety of Northern Cali-fornia locations. 100-plus year old head-trained Zinfandel from the Del Barba Vineyard, balanced and fun white blends from the Cecchini Vineyard in Contra Costa County, tart strawberry Grena-che Noir from the Tejada family’s beautiful Lake County vineyard, Orange Chardonay and Falagh-ina frrom up-and-coming San Benito County, and the white pepper of Albini Carneros Cabernet Franc all showcase their love of the land around them.
Each wine is produced in the same manner – native fermentation, minimal so2, neutral oak and ambient temperatures . “We do our best to not screw with what comes out of the vineyards, not just rolling with but embracing the differences from one year to the next.”


Wines:

Old Vine Zinfandel – Del Barba Vineyard Oakley, CA 2019

This iconic vineyard was planted in the 1800s as a field blend. This old school vineyard is currently dry farmed, un-pruned, and un-sulfured. We did everything in our power not to f-up these timeless grapes. More complex and less fruit driven than the 2017 but there is still that crazy umami and deep fruit. Drink some California history!

• Vineyard: Del Barba Vineyard, Oakley
• A V A: Contra Costa County
• Harvested: August 30, 2019
• Fermentation: 13 Days, Native
• Blend: 100% Zinfandel
• Kegged: November 17, 2020
• Bottled: November 18, 2020
• Alcohol: 13.3 %
• Aging: 14 Months, Neutral Barrels
• Finish: Unfined and Unfiltered
• Art: Andrew Schoultz
• Cases Produced: 166 and 12 kegs

2019 Merlot – Carneros – Sonoma County, California

This is our first year making Merlot and loving it. Simple light- handed winemaking here. Juicy California black fruit in the mouth with hints of baking spices. You want this.

• Vineyard: Pyaleh Vineyard, Sonoma County
• AVA: Carneros
• Harvested: September 20, 2019
• Blend: 100% Merlot
• Fermentation: 20 Days, Native, 100% Whole Berry
• Bottled: July 2020
• Alcohol: 12.9 %
• Aging: 10 months and 100% Neutral Barrels
• Finish: Unfined and Unfiltered
• Label Art: @bepydoll
• Cases Produced: 73

Grenache – Tejada Vineyard Lake County, California 2019

This is our six year of making Grenache Noir from this vineyard. Northern Lake County is not afraid to get hot and Grenache is the perfect grape to bask in that heat. The Tejada’s do a great job running a small family vineyard in a sustainable fashion and the grapes prove that. We used native fermentation combined with 100% neutral oak aging to let this wine show off what we pulled out of the vineyard. Light ruby in the glass, bright berries and seawater on the nose, and strawberry, cherries and a slight herbaceous note in the mouth.

• Vineyard: Tejada Vineyard, Lake County
• AVA: None
• Harvested: September 14, 2019
• Blend: 100% Grenache
• Fermentation: 17 Days, Native, 100% Whole Berry
• Bottled: July 2020
• Alcohol: 14.0 %
• Aging: 10 months and 100% Neutral Barrels
• Finish: Unfined and Unfiltered
• Label Art: Brain Barnecelo
• Cases Produced: 153 and 18 kegs

Contra costa white blend 2020

This blend of Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca and Muscat Blanc was harvested on the same day and co-fermented (to avoid blending trials) in neutral oak barrels. The native and ambient fermen-tation combined with 100% neutral oak helps showoff what this odd blend. Delta soils and soft ac-ids makes this one is your perfect lunch wine. Think funky cheese, spicy grilled foods and obvi-ously burritos (tacos were cool last year). Musical Pairing recommending by the winemaker: “Suspect Device” by Stiff Little Fingers. Art: Joe Koski (WA)

• Blend: 30% Chardonnay, 20% Roussanne, 9% Marsanne, 41% Muscat Blanc
• Vineyard: Cecchini Family Vineyard, Brentwood (Elevation 31-feet, 27 acres) and Wheeler Vineyard, Tres Pinos (Chardonnay)
• A V A: Contra Costa and San Benito County
• Organic certification
• Trellising: Spur – Double Cordon
• Soils: Brentwood Clay Loam, Delhi Sand, Sorento Silty Clay Loam
• Harvested: August 19, 2020
• Fermentation: 20 Days, Native
• Bottled: March 2021
• Alcohol: 10.8%
• Aging: 7 Months, Neutral Barrels
• Finish: Unfined
• Cases Produced: 280

Chardonnay Orange 2019

This is Orange Chardonnay fermented in neutral oak barrels. The simple native and ambient fermentation with full skin contact combined with 100% neutral oak help show off what is typically f*cked with.

  • Orange wine
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Vineyard: Wheeler Vineyard, Tres Pinos
  • AVA: San Benito County
  • Natural fermentation from native yeast 19 days on skins
  • Aging 7 Months in neutral barrels
  • Unfined and unfiltered
  • 10.7% alc.
  • Production: ~3500 bottles (part in kegs)

Rosé de Pinot Gris

Tannic rose’; need we say anything else? This one smells of taste of bramble and strawberries. The acids are perfect for summer drinking yet sturdy enough to accompany whatever you toss on the grill. Musical pairing: “The French Song” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Label Art: Peter Woch (The Morgan Autism Center).

  • Rosé Wine
  • Vineyard: Mora, Tres Pinos (Elevation 655, 39 acres)
  • AVA: San Benito County, Planted 1998
  • Soils: Rincon Silty Clay Loam
  • Harvested: September 22, 2019
  • Blend: 100% Pinot Gris
  • Skin Contact: 1 day
  • Bottled: February 2020
  • Alcohol: 13.5 %
  • Aging: Neutral Oak
  • Finish: Unfined
  • Production: 275 cases and 50 kegs