Lucciola, meaning Firefly in Italian, is a fun new white blend we put together to tickle the senses and brighten your evening. It's also one of the first words Robert learned in Italian when he was a kid. When Robert was young he spent the summer in the mountains of Emilia Romagna staying with close family friends. There, every evening, they'd eat dinner on the patio in the warm night air and play cards late into the night. While the sun slowly faded away as they ate, Robert could see hundreds of mesmerizing, tiny, yellow lights, slowly flashing and lighting up the hillside behind the house. This is the feeling we're trying to convey with our new blend.
With a touch of effervescence on the palate, and a bright crisp nose, we're hoping this might become your new go-to wine for hot days and tacos. The blend is made up of Tocai Friulano, Dry Muscat Canelli, and even Rose of Sangiovese. We're loving how it turned out and we know you will too.
Tasting Notes: Rich, ripe stone fruit mixes with citrus blossom. Crisp on the pallet with a refreshing zing coming from the gentle effervescence. A fun and refreshing wine. Smells like summer, tastes like Spring.
Aged 7 months longer and standing up all by itself, this is the same Teroldego we used in the blend for our 2019 Red Table Wine. Teroldego is a lesser known variety in California, but happens to be very common in North Eastern Italy where the infamous story of our namesake took place. It is known for its deep and dark color which is one of the first things you notice when you pour a glass of our 2019 Teroldego. We harvested the fruit for this wine in early September and fermented it on it's skins using only the native yeast present from the vineyard. In the cellar we were careful to gently punch down during fermentation to avoid an overly tannic wine. We aged this wine in neutral French oak and bottled it without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: A rich, deep red. Very subtle nose with dried herbs, leaves, and hints of dried floral characters. Surprisingly bright on the palate with pleasant amount of acid and chewy tannins, but not drying. This wine yearns to be consumed with food. Try it with pork chops or even spaghetti and meatballs.
Over the past few years our dry Muscat Canelli has become one of our most popular wines. In 2020 we sourced it from a certified sustainable vineyard in the Clements Hills AVA. This wine was given a 48 hour cold soak (skin contact) before pressing. The wine fermented to complete dryness (zero residual sugar) with indigenous yeasts in neutral French oak barrels. Made with minimal intervention and bottled without fining filtration.
Tasting Notes: An explosion of melon, citrus blossom, and tropical fruit on the nose and a crisp and refreshing palette, this dry white wine is definitely a porch pounder. With low(ish) alcohol, no sugar, and minimal use of sulfur, you can enjoy this wine all day long and only worry about who's gonna drive, not about a throbbing sugar induced headache.
This is one of our favorite vineyards. The vineyard is organically farmed at high altitude (3150ft) in the Sierra Foothills just East of Placerville, CA. Made without the use of commercial yeast the wine was fermented and aged in neutral french oak barrels with minimal intervention. Only racked once at bottling this wine sat on it's fermentation lees throughout it's life in barrel. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: Crisp yet rich on the palate with a lingering citrus finish. Hints of pear and quince on the nose. This wine is perfectly suited for enjoying with you meal or on it's own.
We loved how the 2019 version of this wine turned out so much that we took the same approach in 2020 with the exception of harvesting a little earlier. This brightened the acid and lowered the final alcohol content. Fermented with native yeast in stainless steel, aged in neutral French Oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: A beautiful pale pink with hints of rose pedal, wet stone, and bread crust on the nose. This wine explodes on the palate with crisp refreshing fruit flavors and a long juicy finish. Dry as a bone, this wine might smell of sweet delicious fruits, but it has zero residual sugar.
Our first Napa wine since founding our winery as well as Robert's first Chardonnay since his time at Far Niente Winery. Grown in the Los Carneros AVA this beautiful expression of Chardonnay is not an oaky butter bomb. This wine has brightness and life while also having a serious side.
Sourced from a certified sustainable vineyard in the Napa Carneros AVA. A blend of tank fermented and barrel fermented wine with 15% new French Oak used. Fermented with native yeasts and no additions except sulfur. Aged 10 months in barrel. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful straw yellow color. Rich spice notes on the nose accompanied by fresh and bright tropical as well as stone fruit. Subtle hint of coconut along with some light bacon fat aromas. Bright and refreshing on the pallet with good length on the finish.
Sourced from the historic Buckeye Ranch Vineyard located within the Lamorinda AVA in western Contra Costa County, only 15 minutes from Berkeley. The 2018 is a field blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel. Fermented in open top oak tanks with native yeast and minimal intervention, punched down by hand, and aged 22 months in all neutral Hungarian and French Oak barrels. In 2018 we fermented the Syrah whole cluster to amplify the peppery and red fruit characters. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: Deep, dark purple. Notes of red and blue berries, cherries, and dried flowers and slight hints of cured meat on the nose. A powerful entry with a rich structure and ripe fruit on the pallet. Juicy and chewy through the finish with lingering fruit flavors.
Sourced from certified sustainable and organically farmed vineyards, this Friuli inspired blend is made of 50% Napa Carneros Chardonnay, 25% Tocai Friulano, and 25% Dry Muscat Canelli. Native fermentation, minimal intervention, and bottled unfined and un-filtered.
Tasting Notes: An elegant and lively nose with a blend of subdued tropical and stone fruit, green apple, and mineral components. Supple on the pallet with a refreshing presence that lasts through the finish.
This wine is a fun and fresh blend, but with a serious quality that can accompany a wide variety of foods and occasions.
Sourced from certified sustainable vineyards. Made with native fermentation and minimal intervention. This blend of Sangiovese, Teroldego, and dry Muscat Canelli was created to be a fun and delicious table wine for any occasion. With it's light body, lifted fruit, and bright acidity, the 2019 Red Table Wine will go perfectly with wood fired pizzas, burgers, tacos, or anything you feel like. Throw it in the fridge or the ice chest to create a dangerously refreshing thirst quencher for those warm evenings outside or a fun evening in front of the TV. We even like to add seltzer to make a delicious, low alcohol, adult soda pop that actually pairs well with food.
Tasting Notes: Light magenta color. Hints of raspberry, watermelon and blueberry along with a more meaty character on the nose. A soft and bright entry with lots of life on the pallet. Juicy through the finish with just a hint of tannin and lingering fruit flavors.
We waited two years to get our hands on this fruit. The vineyard we sourced this fruit from is organically farmed at high altitude (3150ft) in the Sierra Foothills just East of Placerville, CA. Made without the use of commercial yeast the wine was fermented and aged in neutral french oak barrels with minimal intervention. Only racked once at bottling this wine sat on it's fermentation lees throughout it's life in barrel. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: Crisp yet subtle, with a saline quality and a lingering citrus finish. Hints of green apple and white peach. With it's bright acidity and fresh flavors and 13% Alc. this wine is perfectly suited for enjoying with you meal or on it's own.
Due to overwhelming demand for our 2018 we increased our production of this wine in 2019. Organically farmed in Contra Costa County by First Generation Farmers out of Knightsen CA. These grapes were harvested early at less than 20 Brix. At the winery we crush the fruit and give it a 24 hour cold soak before pressing. We feel that this helps extract aromatic compounds that you may lose if pressed whole cluster. Also, the skin contact gives the wine a bit more body and texture.
We fermented the Muscat Canelli to complete dryness (zero residual sugar) with indigenous yeasts in neutral French oak barrels with minimal intervention. The wine was aged on it's fermentation lees until it was racked for bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: With a bright floral, tropical nose and a crisp and refreshing palette, at only 10% alcohol this dry white wine is definitely a porch pounder. Perfect for hot days and poolside sipping. Low alcohol, no sugar, and minimal use of sulfur, means no headache (in moderation!).
Grown in eastern Lodi along the Mokelumne River in the Clements Hills AVA. This certified sustainable Sangiovese was made into a lively rosé to enjoy all year round. We harvested around 21 Brix, pressed whole cluster, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel before being barreled down into neutral french oak. Fermented and aged é with minimal intervention and bottled without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: A pale salmon pink, this wine has hints of dried flowers, jolly rancher candy on the nose and a refreshing, mouth watering, palette. Perfect for warm summer weather we like pairing this with freshly shucked oysters or an afternoon at the park.
Our third vintage from the Buckeye Ranch Vineyard is ready for your holiday table. This field blend is composed of 52% Petite Sirah and 48% Syrah. In 2017 the deer and raccoons ate all the zinfandel, which gave us the opportunity to see what the blend is like with only Petite Sirah and Syrah. We're very please with the results.
Deep, dark purple. Hints of red and blue berries, baking spices, and dried flowers on the nose. A powerful entry with a rich structure and ripe fruit on the pallet. Juicy and chewy through the finish with lingering fruit flavors. Enjoying this wine is almost as good as locking eyes with George Clooney from accross a crowded room and him breaking just a hint of a smile that makes your legs go weak. ALMOST. THAT. GOOD.
Appellation: Lamorinda AVA, Contra Costa County, California
Type: Blend of 52% Petite Sirah and 48% Syrah
% Alcohol: 15.0%
Production: 3 barrels
2018 White Wine
This is St. Romedius' first white wine and we're very excited for you to try it. Sourced from organically and sustainably farmed vineyards in El Dorado and Contra Costa Counties this wine is a mix of skin contact and whole cluster pressed juice. Fermented with indigenous yeast in neutral French oak barrels with minimal intervention. Aged sur lees for 6 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: This dry white blend has a layered and interesting nose with unctuous fruit and floral aromas that mingle with yeasty characters. Soft on the pallet with a sense of rich fruit. Juicy and watering through the finish. Perfect wine to pair with a picnic and warm weather. Caution this wine will disappear quickly if left unattended around friends.
The goal with this wine was twofold. First I wanted to make a wine that was nostalgic. Spending my summers in Hungary as a kid I'd drink a lot of white wine at the dinner table, often as a spritzer (practically the national beverage of Hungary). Muscat is one of the most popular varieties for daily white wines, though it is often off-dry with some residual sugar. I wanted to make a wine that reminded me of these wines while appealing to my (more evolved?) pallet. For this I gave the Muscat Canelli 24 hours of skin contact before pressing and then fermented it to dryness in neutral oak barrels. I blended the Muscat with organically farmed, barrel fermented, Grenache Blanc grown at 2400 ft to tame the influence of the Muscat Canelli and add layers of aroma and texture. I feel this came together to make a wine that has a delightfully floral and fruity aroma while maintaining a refreshing pallet that lends itself to pairing well with a wide variety of foods.
The second goal with this wine was to push myself out of my comfort zone by adopting a minimal intervention approach. As a UC Davis trained winemaker who cut his teeth making wine at old school Napa wineries like Franciscan Estates, Conn Creek Winery and Far Niente Winery, all I have every known was conventional winemaking. Taking a minimal intervention approach to this wine definitely felt uncomfortable because my usual tools such as commercial yeast, nutrients, filtration, etc were not an option. I learned an incredible amount about patience and about how important every decision is, not only throughout the fermentation process, but long before the grapes are even picked.
2018 Dry Muscat Canelli
We loved the Dry Muscat Canelli so much that we couldn't allow ourselves to blend it all into the white blend. We chose to bottle a limited number as a standalone Dry Muscat, which we've made available to our mailing list only. This wine is like listening to your favorite song with the volume cranked way up. The intensity of the fruit is incredible, while still being a refreshing on the pallet.
100% Muscat Canelli fermented to dryness in neutral French oak barrels. Native fermentation and no additions except sulfur. 24 hours of skin contact before pressing. Sur lees aged for 8 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Fewer than 100 bottle were bottled.
Tasting Notes: Fully dry with no perceptible residual sugar. Intensely floral nose with a silky yet juicy pallet. Mouthwatering through the finish and layers of flavor and texture that seem to linger on and on.
'18 Grenache Blanc and '18 Dry Muscat Canelli
This is our second vintage from the Buckeye Ranch Vineyard and we couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. This field blend is composed of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel. The 2016 vintage differs from the 2015 in that the Petite Sirah component is larger, the wine was racked every 3 to 4 months, and we introduced a new Kadar Petrea, Hungarian oak barrel into the mix. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered after 20 months of aging.
Notes of red and blue fruit mingle with flower petals and baking spices. A powerful yet supple entry with an elegant structure and ripe fruit on the pallet. Juicy and rich through the finish with lingering fruit flavors. If this wine was a person it would be a really sexy lumberjack wearing an adorable baby in a baby bjorn.
Interestingly enough this vintage has less oak influence on the nose than the previous vintage, even though the 2015 was aged in only neutral oak barrels.
Appellation: Lamorinda AVA, Contra Costa, California
Type: Red Field Blend
% Alcohol: 15.5%
Production: 3 barrels
Retail Price: $29
Our first wine comes from a vineyard planted on the site of the historic Buckeye Ranch located within the Lamorinda AVA on the Southern edges of Briones Regional Park just 15 minutes East of Berkeley, CA. The wine is a field blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel.
Drinking this wine is like pulling on a silk kimono after a warm bubble bath in a fancy hotel. It's rich, smooth and mouth watering with notes of dried flowers, black fruit, and sweet oak.
This wine was made utilizing an old winemaking method in which all three varieties are harvested, fermented, and aged together. This method creates a smoother, more integrated wine than if they were blended after aging. The Syrah gives a deep, velvety, rich fruit backbone to the wine while the Petite Sirah lends the tannic structure on which the rest of the wine is built. The Zinfandel, which is notorious for having wide variation in ripeness, even within a single cluster, helps bring out the juicy, mouthwatering components that makes this wine so easy to keep pouring.
All three varietals were harvested on the same day and fermented in open top oak and stainless steel tanks where they were gently punched down twice a day for 14 days. We pressed the wine off it's skins using an Italian, hand cranked, wooden, basket press. The wine was aged sur lees in once-used Hungarian and French oak barrels for 18 months without being racked. Before bottling we blended in a portion of our 2016 vintage for the extra layer of complexity it added.
Vintage: Non-Vintage (blend of 2015 and 2016)
Type: Red Wine
% Alcohol: 15.0%
Production: 2 barrels
Retail Price: $31.00
"Non-vintage" is often used when a wine is a blend of more than one vintage. Since our blend is made up of both 2015 and 2016 vintages we felt that it would be the most honest to designate it as a non-vintage.