Hone Wines

Wines dedicated to our history of exploration and discovery.

 

  • 2015 Sakura Photo
    2015 Sakura 2015 Hone Series "Sakura" 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 Shimmer Syrah Photo
    2015 Shimmer Syrah 2015 Hone Series "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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  • 2020 Hone Series
    2020 Hone Series "Hooky" Dolcetto 2020 Hone Series "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. 

    $35.00