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, 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 the character of the vintage. In the cellar, the fruit is sorted and fermented in small lots using native yeast. Each lot is barreled down into custom large format puncheons and cigar shaped barrels and aged on lees for 18 months (with no racking), before being blended and bottled with no fining or filtration.

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 release

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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