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Single Vineyard Eugenia Edaphos
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 seven sites in all. Some sites are valley floor, some are on hillsides. Some face west, all 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.
Summer Bundle #4 - Father's DayThis fourth summer bundle, in celebration of Father's Day includes (2) 2015 Rayhill Vineyard "The Grandfather" Pinot Noir, (2) 2016 Grand Vent Vineyard "The Wrangler" Pinot Noir and (2) 2016 Romanini Vineyard "The Engineer".
Henry David Vineyard Aligoté 2019
Cleary Ranch Chardonnay 2018
Romanini Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
H. Klopp Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
A color akin to white gold with bright silver hue. Clear minerality, unripe white peach, Asian pear, and a note of brioche on the nose. An abundance of minerals and acidity laced with tart, juicy citrus, sweet apple and pear marry with balanced creaminess and lingers for a long finish.
Overview Video from the Ernest Team
Fallenleaf Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
Bright canary yellow in color with deeper golden tones. Complex aromas of dried apricots, ripe yellow
apples, cantaloupe, and hay. Piercing acidity on the palate balances a full body with notes of Meyer lemon, sour apples
and candied pineapples.
Rayhill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
Cleary Ranch Pinot Noir 2018
Ruby red with slight opacity and purple hues. Sour cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate interlaced with
earthier shiitake and floral undertones on the nose. Lush and juicy on the palate, with elegant, round tannins, assertive
acidity and generosity of fruit informing a texture that is lean, subtle, and decadent simultaneously.
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Grand Vent Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
Dynamic garnet with subtle brick red edges. Tremendously expressive of wild berry, hibiscus, red plum,
thyme, saddle leather, and wet earth aromatically. Assertive, but ripe, tannins with fresh acidity and sour fruit like unripe
strawberry, rhubarb, and dried cranberry define a sturdy, yet bright, texture.
Overview Video from the Ernest Team
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
Inspired by an incredible 3-acre property we've just added to the Ernest family, we introduce our first ever appellation Chardonnay. The Joyce Vineyard is the coldest site we've encountered in the West Sonoma Coast and one day will be an incredible source for sparkling wine. But, there's plenty to anchor our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay along with some blending from our two other cool-climate, maritime-influenced Chardonnay sites. This wine is 100% sourced and crafted from Ernest's core program without any additional external our bulk wine added for volume.
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
We produce rosé under the Eugenia label. Our current release, from the 2020 vintage is our first Estate bottling from the Cleary Freestone Ranch, made from Pinot Noir picked specifically for this Rosé.
Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir 2020
Pale light pink-salmon color with aromatic intensity. Full of fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas at first. Herbaceous hints are followed by notes of mandarin oranges and honey crisp apples. On the palate the wine delivers a refreshing burst of these same fruits, laced by a juicy and brilliant acidic profile. This Rosé has a lot of depth and complexity, with a finish that is refreshing to the end.
EdaphosIn 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.
2019 Petite Arvine
2018 Giving Tree Pinot NoirIntense burgundy or crimson in color. The nose of black plums and cherries with cassis, peppercorn, dried herbs and toast carry the intensity further. A powerful structure framing wild, untamed fruit with marked acidity and firm, textural tannins that mellow on the finish.
Densely purple with juicy plums, cassis, blackberries forward on the nose followed by dried rose, mushroom and savory dried herbs. A rich palate with assertive structure and ripe fruit dances with energizing acidity.
2019 TrousseauThis wine is a textbook example of the best Trousseau out there with mixed aromas of sour red berries, pine resin and an indescribable suggestion of salinity to top it all. At only 12% alcohol it is actually pretty assertive and vibrant on the palate. The sourness of the red fruit is fully revealed and framed by sharp acidity and medium dry tannins.
The yield varies greatly due to being a favorite of the local bear population. In 2019, we got a whopping 1.33 tons. It had been our desire to make this wine using carbonic fermentation and this year we had enough to fill our Concrete Egg. Joseph bucketed, all 2,666 pounds into the Egg, and kept it sealed. It spent one month in the Egg without any opening. We shoveled it out, lightly pressed it in our basket press and combined the free run and press into neutral barrel and puncheon. The wine was racked before bottling unfined and unfiltered without the use of sulfur at any point of production.
Entirely destemmed and fermented in stainless steel. Gently pressed and moved to concrete Egg for slow malolactic fermentation. Racked after 9 months and moved to neutral puncheon for another 6 months. Bottled unfiltered with 30 ppm SO2.