the wine

To capture the essence of the site, we believe that the vines and soil must receive lavish care and attention. Meticulous pruning, precise canopy work, use of compost tea preparations, and low yields are all practiced in tune with the rhythm of the growing season.

At harvest, the fruit is picked over numerous passes based on physiological ripeness, regardless of variety. The composition of each individual co-fermentation is not predetermined, and varies dependent on vintage character.

In the cellar, the fruit is sorted and fermented in small lots using native yeast. Each lot is barreled down into custom large format tight grained oak, as well as clay/ceramic vessels. Then aged on lees (with no racking), before being blended and bottled with no fining or filtration.

2016  helianthus

The 2016 helianthus is a wine that draws you in. Vibrant aromatics and silky, lacy textural nuances speak to finesse above all else. Crème de cassis, blackberry preserve, chocolate, alpine herbs and wild flowers all grace the palate, with a fabric like tannin that accentuates the wine's purity. With time in the glass more volcanic and mineral impressions add to this perfumed complexity.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. 355 cases

“The 2016 Helianthus is gorgeous. Dark, ample and savory, the 2016 possesses terrific resonance and breadth. Sage, charcoal, menthol, spice, leather and chocolate all run through this plush, super-expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense mineral underpinnings give the wine its shape and overall feel. Brooding and mysterious in feel, the 2016 is showing beautifully today. This is a fabulous example of the year at its finest.”
— Antonio Galloni

2015  helianthus

Seamless and opulent yet built more on finesse than power, the 2015 is a clear expression of this site. Aromatics shimmer between lifted rose petal, lavender and a host of other floral and spice notes. With air and time in the glass, more dark and mysterious shadings are introduced. On the palate, expressive savory and floral notes give the sumptuous dark fruit considerable freshness and buoyancy through a soil borne tannin line.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. 232 cases

“2015 he-li-an-thus has beautiful purity and complexity in its floral, cassis, blueberry, spice and rose petal-scented bouquet. This carries to a full-bodied, ripe, unctuous beauty that has sweet tannin and a great, great finish. It can be enjoyed today or cellared for 15-20 years.”
— Jeb Dunnuck

2014  helianthus

A true wine of place, the 2014 is alluring but authoritative. Scents of small dark cherries, Indian ink and lush florals are penetrating while maintaining a sense of space. The palate is harmonious and animated; cassis, dark fleshed fruits and accents of sweet tobacco are lifted by a violet top note. An undertow of svelte, mineral rich tannins build into a fragrant rolling finish. The vintage is accessible in its youth (with a minimal decant), yet has the substance to go on for decades.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. 374 cases

“A much smaller crop has resulted in an elegant, delicious, front end-loaded wine that has an opaque ruby/purple color, sweet, flowery blueberry and black raspberry fruit, medium to full body, and delicious, light tannins.”
— Robert Parker 

“Dark cherry plum, lavender, spice and new leather are beautifully delineated in the 2014 he-li-an-thus. Vibrant and nuanced in the glass, the 2014 offers striking energy and tension. Hints of graphite, smoke and herbs ring out on the savory, expressive finish. This is very nicely done.”
— Antonio Galloni

2013  helianthus

inaugural vintage

The 2013 is a distillation of florals and fruit. Vibrant aromas of crushed lavender, black tea, and blue fruits are voluminous and layered. On the palate there is superb levity and richness; creme de cassis, licorice, and wild savory meld into a sweet core, and are framed by an ethereal sense of purity. The ample concentration and structure of the wine is pixilated into a thrilling fabric of fruit and perfume. This wine will continue to reward those with patience and cold cellars.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc. 508 cases

“It is a beauty, and has a certain restrained character, but super-concentration.”
— Robert Parker 

“The 2013 he-li-an-thus is juicy, plush and inviting. Succulent black cherries, blackberry jam, mocha, cloves, new leather and menthol open up in the glass. Silky tannins wrap around the voluptuous finish. The 2013 is racy and engaging.”
— Antonio Galloni

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