Hone Series

Wines dedicated to our history of exploration and discovery.

 

  • 2021 Hone #4:
    2021 Hone #4: "Tonnage" Blend 2021 Hone Series #4: "Tonnage" 47.3% Touriga Nacional, 28.8% Tinta Madiera 12.9% Souzão, 11.0% Tinta Cao

    2021 Hone #4 "Tonnage"
    Elk Mountain Vineyard — Upper Lake Valley
    47.3% Touriga Nacional
    28.8% Tinta Madiera
    12.9% Souzão
    11.0% Tinta Cao

    The most recent Hone series is a decidedly against the grain cofermentation of four Portuguese red grapes that would typically be used to build the backbone of a traditional fortified wine. But this wine is anything but traditional. The nose is welcoming and plush, anchored by soft blueberry and apricot cushioned by soft brown vibrations:  leather, pencil shavings, baking spice and vanilla pudding. The palate shows more racy character: the fruit leans more towards cherry and ripe plum and midpalate through finish pivot around a bracing acidity. The risk of low-alcohol, high-acidity wines is that they feel narrow and "centered up" on your palate because they lack roundness and complexity. This wine is broad, with juicy and a lot of warmth—which is special for a wine like this.

    More than anything, this wine is fun. And a lot of that fun character will fade with time. Nonetheless, it will age well for 5-10 years, but if I were you I'd board this party boat soon.

    $45.00
  • 2022 Hone #3.3:
    2022 Hone #3.3: "Hooky" Dolcetto 2022 Hone Series #3.3: "Hooky" Dolcetto Carbonic Maceration

    2022 Hone #3.3 "Hooky"
    Paradise Canyon Farm
    Mendocino, North Coast
    12.9% Alcohol by Volume
     

    When we first launched the Hone series we told you and everybody whow would listen that Hone was about experiments and new projects that we used to push ourselvesbeyond our knowledge and skill set. We also told you that Hone wines wouldn't be repeated, because we ideally just got comfotable outside our comfort zone.

    What we probably should've anticipated is that we'd stumble on something exciting and want to do it again. And, then we'd want to use athe same label that everybody loved. So whoops.

    That said, we haven't been static in our execution of carbonic fermentation. We're still pretty new at irt, and we're learning more about it and how to maximize itgs benefit and further its integration into our wines. So, this third bottling still represents a marked evolution in our execution. We're very much is the most "complete" version yet. It's not as distinctly carbonic-y as the first, but it ismore integrated and connected through the mid-palate.

    Notes from our first vintage of Hooky:
    Hooky was our first attempt at making wine similar to a French Beaujolais Nouveau, but with a Meeker twist of course! We used an Italian grape varietal, Dolcetto (which is certainly not French!) and put the grapes through a full carbonic maceration to prevent an otherwise tannic red grape from becoming a big, tannic red wine. The result is a light bodied red wine, with plenty of bright, juicy fruit and a crisp freshness on the palette. 

    $45.00
  • 2015 Hone #1:
    2015 Hone #1: "Sakura" Blend 2015 Hone Series #1: "Sakura" Red Blend Viognier, Grenache, Carignane, Zinfandel, & Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley

    27.5% Viognier, 18.3% Carignane, 18.3% Zinfandel, 18.3% Petite Sirah, 17.6% Grenache
    Dry Creek Valley - Sonoma County
    15.2% alcohol by volume

    Our Hone series is devoted to honing our craft as winemakers, featuring new wines that we craft as opportunities arise to try new varietals, blends, and winemaking techniques.

    Sakura is a blend of many of the varietals we make—and it has the complexity to show for it. Its nose feels like a perfect hybrid of Zinfandel and Carignane: brambles, cranberry, and a hint of spice. Sakura has rich oak and medium tannins, making it a great pre-dinner wine or pairing with white meats, pasta dishes, and Thai food. We've been bickering about it for a few days, but we settled on describing the finish as reminding us of and the caramelized crust of a fine creme brulee, without undue sweetness. This beautiful wine will age 3-5 years, but it's drinking perfectly right now. 

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  • 2015 Hone #2:
    2015 Hone #2: "Shimmer" Syrah 2015 Hone Series #2: "Shimmer" Syrah Christensen Vineyard Russian River Valley

    Christensen Family Vineyard

    Russian River Valley - Sonoma County
    14.9% alcohol by volume

    Our Hone series is devoted to honing our craft as winemakers, featuring new wines that we craft as opportunities arise to try new varietals, blends, and winemaking techniques.
     
    Welcome to the dark side... The second in the Hone series, this wine embraces the elegant, brooding nature of cool climate Syrah in the most fantastic way. The nose of this wine quickly hopscotches classic Syrah fruit to saunter into a wound-up blend of leather and baking spices. On the palate, the wine shows fruit of dried cherry and cranberry with a long, lean slope into a dark, mineral mid-palate before rolling into a super-long, elegant finish that is beautifully integrated and austere.
     
    This wine will continue to evolve and age for at least 12-16 years. While it could easily pair with bigger meat dishes, it would probably show best with something like cassoulet, game meat, or roasted root vegetables.
     

     

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  • 2021 Hone #3:
    2021 Hone #3: "Hooky" Dolcetto 2021 Hone Series #3: "Hooky" Dolcetto Carbonic Maceration Paradise Canyon Farm - Mendocino County

    Hooky was our first attempt at making wine similar to a French Beaujolais Nouveau, but with a Meeker twist of course! We used an Italian grape varietal, Dolcetto (which is certainly not French!) and put the grapes through a full carbonic maceration to prevent an otherwise tannic red grape from becoming a big, tannic red wine. The result is a light bodied red wine, with plenty of bright, juicy fruit and a crisp freshness on the palette. 

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  • 2020 Hone #3:
    2020 Hone #3: "Hooky" Dolcetto 2020 Hone Series #3: "Hooky" Dolcetto Carbonic Maceration Best in Class & Double Gold - North Coast Wine Competition

    Best of Class, Double Gold Medal honors at the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Competition earlier this year... Hooky was our first attempt at making wine similar to a French Beaujolais Nouveau, but with a Meeker twist of course! We used an Italian grape varietal, Dolcetto (which is certainly not French!) and put the grapes through a full carbonic maceration to prevent an otherwise tannic red grape from becoming a big, tannic red wine. The result is a light bodied red wine, with plenty of bright, juicy fruit and a crisp freshness on the palette. 

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