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2012 SAUVIGNON BLANC MUSQUÉ (Lake County)  SOLD-OUT

A long awaited return of one of our favorite varietals. This new edition is even more enticing than our offering of several years ago. Think of tropical fruit notes combined with the traditional grassiness of a perfect Sauvignon Blanc (Jacques' favorite style).

Gold, 2015 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $20 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

pandora no.3 (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the "first woman" created by unique gifts from the gods. Our third Pandora is a unique blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon, with each varietal contributing its own distinctive gift to the resulting creation. Sensuous, aromatic & seductive as a legendary myth, this wine will appeal to both Sauvignon Blanc AND Chardonnay lovers. Our best so far!
> Price: $19 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

reserve estate tempranillo (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

This is a Reserve rendition of our first Estate Tempranillo, a "historical" blend of four Solune vintages (2009 to 2012), but coming from the more intense and "muscular" press fractions and aged to perfection. Notes of cinnamon toast and vanilla bean come through on the nose. In the mouth, bright flavors of plum, cranberry and pomegranate are revealed over a background of American oak and firm but approachable tannins leading to an extended finish.
> Price: $25 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2013 estate tannat      SOLD-OUT

Originating from the French Pyrénée foothills near Madiran (south-west), this assertive grape was transplanted to Uruguay by Basque immigrants in the late 1800’s, where it eventually became the national red wine. It has started to make an appearance in California, notably in Solune vineyard's ideal Tannat growing conditions, from which this first vintaged release was harvested. Smoky plum & raspberry flavors, along with a spicy finish, characterize this one-of-a-kind wine.

Double Gold & Best of Class, 2016 Amador County Fair.
> Price: $23 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

fleur de lune (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

The interplay on the palate between these intense and sensuous varietals evokes an M.C. Escher optical illusion, where each takes the foreground in turn. Quite intriguing! Returning in a slightly more prominent role is Flora, a Gewurztraminer & Semillon vine crossing (created by Dr. Harold Olmo and grown at the original Olmo vineyard, near Davis, CA). Floral aromas, as well as peach & apricot flavors tease your senses. Crafted in an off-dry style, where the initial sweetness is perfectly balanced and then overtaken by the crisp acidity, leading to a refreshing finish.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

PSYNERGY    SOLD-OUT

Blending the Petite Sirah flavor profiles from four different vineyards creates a remarkable synergy we term PSynergy. The result is a very rich and approachable blend where dark berry notes dominate, with texture support from fine grain tannins and well integrated French and American oak.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

cinq etoiles (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT

This intense blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals reaches a level of complexity only attainable when all five components are present. Those five stars shine brightly in Solune's Cinq Etoiles and blend seamlessly with French Oak into an old world inspired, but new world crafted blend. This multi-layered wine showcases plum, raspberry, coffee and vanilla notes, and is a perfect complement to a “Boeuf Bourguignon”.

Silver, 2015 Amador County Fair.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2013 barbera (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

True to the heritage of our long Barbera tradition, this vintage encompases many of the attributes past vintages have become famous for: Low tannin smoothness, cherry and plum flavors, a long and velvety finish, as well as the return of French oak in a discrete supporting role, not to disctract from the intense fruit character of this unique and beloved wine. Pair with smoked salmon, pizza, pasta or anything Italian.

Silver, 2016 Amador County Fair.
> Price: $25 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2014 cabernet sauvignon (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

This 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies Solune’s vision of intensity, complexity, balance and varietal clarity. An expressive nose showcasing notes of cloves, lavender,green pepper and mint, lead into a plum and black cherry mid-palate followed by a lingering pepper and mint finish. Ample but supple tannins and perfectly integrated French oak provide the background. Pair with lamb!

Silver, 2016 Orange County Fair & 2016 El Dorado County Fair
> Price: $24 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

titan xix (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT

Our Titan series is made one small lot at a time, each a unique winemaker’s blend of premium varietals intended to showcase individual components equally. Our nineteenth Titan combines two contrasting varietals, a smoky raspberry & spicy Tannat, and a dark berry and peppery Zinfandel. Blended such that each has a chance to battle for your attention, they also create a new melody of their own, in true Titan tradition!
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2012 zinfandel (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

 

Blackberry and blueberry flavors, with a hint of white pepper,​ ​​are showcased in the aroma. Extensive oak trials were​ ​conducted to determine what kind of oak would best​ ​complement this intense fruit, and a rich combination of​ ​American medium toast and French medium/plus toast​ ​was deemed to be the​ ​perfect fit. The mouth is an extended​ ​continuation of these flavors, begging to be paired​ ​with any grilled meat dishes.

Gold, 2016 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2014 merlot (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

A Merlot with personality & attitude is how this vintage can be portrayed. The nose displays notes of cinnamon, plum, cherry, bay leaf and wet forest. The mouth exhibits plum, cherry and white pepper flavors, culminating in a long finish supported by French oak and generous but supple tannins. A great match for red meat dishes of any kind.

Gold, 2016 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $23 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

PEtite Cab (Sierra Foothills)      SOLD-OUT

 

You might not think that those two big boys would play well together, but they do complement each other very nicely. The Petite Sirah adds texture and dark berry notes to the Cabernet Sauvignon's somewhat more austere complexity. A bit like adding a bass line to anchor an intricate melody, rich oak accents completes this dynamic trio.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

estate tempranillo (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT

Our first Estate Tempranillo, with a touch of Graciano and Petite Sirah, is a "historical" blend of four Solune vintages (2009 to 2012). A bit more “muscular” than previous vintages but still displaying the same bright cranberry & pomegranate flavors, complemented by a discrete vanilla note from American oak, a feature of true spanish-style Tempranillos.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

Titan XVIII (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT

Our Titan series is made one small lot at a time, each a unique winemaker’s blend of premium varietals intented to showcase individual components equally. Our eighteenth Titan combines three powerhouse varietals (Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, and Tannat, all estate-grown), each vying for your attention. Fresh blackberry and cherry flavors precede powerful but supple tannins, leading to a cocoa finish. A hearty “Cassoulet” would be a worthy match for this assertive and full-flavored wine.

Silver, 2015 El Dorado & Orange County fairs.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2014 Barbera ROSÉ (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT

We have long believed that Barbera was a perfect candidate for a Rosé, given its refreshing acidity, exuberant fruit and vibrant color. Our Dry Rosé lives up to this promise, showcasing the more developed end of the red berry spectrum, with cherry dominating. A wine with true panache, perfect by itself or supremely versatile at the table. Truly the red wine lover’s white wine!
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2011 barbera (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

Featuring intense plum & cherry notes, a luscious body, a long finish and no oak to distract from the pure Barbera essence, this low tannin, smooth and perfectly balanced wine can be enjoyed equally well by itself or paired with Southern Italian cuisine.
> Price: $25 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

pandora no.2 (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

A harmonious blend of Chardonnay, from the 25 year old Jewett Vineyard next door and from our own estate vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc and some Semillon. Truly the best of the top 2 favorite white varieties around, displaying a "Pandora" of flavors and aromas, and a refreshing crispness (Pandora also happens to be a sister moon, around Saturn, of Titan, so our white and red blends are truly a family affair !)

Silver, 2013 SF Chronicle Wine Competition.
> Price: $18 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2010 SYRAH (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

This 2010 Syrah, vinified from local grapes, took its time to develop into the signature Solune smoothness, but was well worth the wait. Black raspberry and cherry notes are balanced with a leathery background and velvety tannins giving way to a long finish. A tantalizing mint note makes this wine pair very nicely with roasted lamb or pork.
Not submitted to wine competitions yet (in case people want to know).
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

ESTATE TANNAT (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

Originating from the French Pyrénée foothills near Madiran, this assertive grape was transplanted to Uruguay by Basque immigrants in the late 1800’s, where it eventually became the national red wine. It has started to make an appearance in California, notably in Solune vineyard's ideal Tannat growing conditions, from which this limited first release was harvested (click here for more info on Tannat @ Solune).
Smoky plum and raspberry flavors, along with a spicy finish, characterize this wine. Pairs particularly well with ham, game or, in the Madiran region, cassoulet (hearty bean stew made with white beans and sausages, along with pork, lamb or other meat).
Silver, 2014 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $20 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2011 Cabernet franc (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

Great oak integration allows the varietal character of this wine to shine (violet, dark chocolate, mint), while still contributing to its complexity, both in the bouquet and in the finish. More of a food wine than a sipping wine, although Cabernet Franc aficionados like it on its own, it is the perfect companion for lamb, whether roasted, grilled or stewed.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2005 cabernet franc (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT


Finished in a more traditional Bordeaux style, this wine gives you extra body and crispness and a somewhat deeper color than is typical of this varietal, adding to its flexibility with foods.  The subtle varietal floral/violet aroma notes will intensify with aging.  Beside matching nicely with lamb (with a little bit of fat), it will work well with marbled beef and you can even pair it with meat pizza for a casual meal.

After a few years of additional mellowing out,
the remaining of this exceptional wine is ready to enchant
your palate and complement your culinary creations once again !

Silver, 2009 California State Fair, Silver, 2009 Amador County Fair; Silver, 2010 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $24 (750ml) - Currently on Special for $21 [ Back to Top ]

 

2011 malbec (Alta Mesa)    SOLD-OUT

This wine has a lovely, deep burgundy red color and a subtle raspberry aroma laced with roasted coffee bean accents from the French oak. Intense, velvety, seamless
texture, from the rich beginning to the lingering bright fruit finish. Try it with herb roasted chicken or veal marsala.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2011 zinfandel (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

After extensive oak trials, both American and French oak were selected to season the generous dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with subtle notes of coffee and vanilla, all carrying seamlessly into the taste. There is a silky middle mixed with light tannins extending the berry and oak character through to a clean, slightly peppery lingering finish. The friendly tannins would lead to pairing with some BBQ ribs or perhaps with duck, or just by its smooth self !
Silver, 2013 California State Fair.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

fleur de lune (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

To the traditional Solune Fleur de Lune blend of Muscat Blanc, Orange Muscat and Gewürztraminer, we have added Flora, a lesser known varietal (crossing between Gewürztraminer and Semillon), adding a lovely citrusy backdrop to the party. The initial slight touch of sweetness is perfectly balanced by a vibrant acidity, providing a refreshing finish. The tug-of-war between these dominant grape varieties results in a tasting equivalent of a M.C. Escher optical illusion, where each variety takes turn in dominating your palate. Quite intriguing and very sensuous! Pairs very well with Asian spicy dishes and citrusy desserts.
> Price: $20 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2013 Barbera ROSÉ (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

We have long believed that Barbera is a perfect candidate for a Rosé, given its refreshing acidity, exhuberant fruit and vibrant color. Our Rosé lives up to this promise, showcasing the more developed end of the red berry spectrum, with raspberry & cherry dominating. With 48 hours of grape skin contact prior to fermentation, this Rosé explodes with Barbera flavors. A wine with great panache, perfect by itself or supremely versatile at the table. Truly the red wine lover’s white wine !

Silver, 2014 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2010 Barbera (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

Showcasing intense cherry & raspberry notes, a long finish and no oak distraction, this low tannin, velvety and prefectly balanced wine can be enjoyed equally well by itself or paired with red-sauced pasta. Always one of our most popular wines !
Silver, 2013 California State Fair; Silver, 2013 El Dorado County Fair; Silver, 2013 Amador County Fair; Silver, 2013 SF Chronicle Wine Competition.
> Price: $24 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

TITan XVII (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

Our Titan red blends are all about expressing and harmonizing the flavors of each component, with Malbec and Zinfandel flavors competing for your attention in this latest edition.  With a Zinfandel fruit forward opening and a Malbec aroma and finish, this wine combines the best of both varietals and creates a synergy of its own.
Gold, 2014 Amador County Fair.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

TITan XVI (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

The latest version is TITAN XVI, a blend of Malbec & Tannat. As always, the Titan blend is crafted to express the best of each varietal, with an added complexity created by the resulting synergy, a bit like the harmony in a duet is more than just two side-by-side voices. That's the fun of blends !
Silver, 2014 El Dorado County Fair; Silver, 2014 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $20 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2007 Tempranillo  (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

Fresh and balanced, this wine brims with cherry, pomegranate and a touch of red licorice and vanilla, with light & firm tannins and a vibrant acidity. The texture is generous, yet delicate.
Not heavy, but vivacious in the Spanish style. Versatile with many different foods.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

"C'est si bon" Port  (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

"C'est si bon" (It's so Good), just like the famous French song! A blend of New World (Barbera & Petite Sirah) and Old World (Tempranillo & Touriga Nacional) varietals come together to continue Solune's unique Port style. Bright opening notes of cherry & raspberry burst in your mouth, leading to a silky mouthfeel and a balanced, lingering finish (no syrupiness). The 18.5% alcohol level is close to the 18% lower limit for ports and, as a result, the fruit is the star!

Silver, 2013 California State Fair.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ] 

 

2012 Barbera ROSÉ (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

Deliciously fruity - the flavors of cherries and raspberries predominate - and with a crisp citrusy finish. Our Rosé is made allowing 48 hours of grape skin contact with the juice from the crushed Barbera grapes prior to fermentation. As a result, the Rosé explodes with Barbera flavors. Whether you prefer reds or whites with your summer fare, our Barbera Rosé will be a refreshing summer choice.
Gold  & Best of Class, 2013 Amado County Fair; Silver, 2013 El Dorado County Fair; Silver, 2013 California State Fair.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

TITan XV (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

Our Titan red blends are all about harmonizing the flavors of each component, with Zinfandel dark berry flavors and Barbera red berry flavors competing for your attention in this latest edition.  With a Zinfandel fruit forward opening and a Barbera finale, this wine combines the best of both varietals.
Gold, 2013 Amado County Fair; Silver, 2013 California State Fair.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON   (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

You immediately notice the intense ruby red
color with a nose of plum and black cherry aromas & classic underlying cedar background. On the palate it has an extraordinarily smooth
texture. The ample acidity is nicely integrated with just a trace of tannin and a wisp of oak, and carries the fruit through to a rich finish. Pair with savory foods and those with a higher fat content to stand up to this wine. Cheeses: gorgonzola, Gouda, other blue. Main dish: steak, roasts, lamb, game, short ribs and burgers.
> Price: $24 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2006 CINQ ÉTOILES (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

A classic five-varietal Bordeaux blend, with the Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way with black currant and plum. Petit Verdot adds color and structure while the Merlot smooths the texture and brings spicy flavors and a hint of tobacco leaf. Cabernet Franc brightens the nose with a whiff of flowers and the Malbec helps to fill the mid-palate with a fruity lushness. Finish is long and rich. A five grape blend emphasizes balance and smoothness and this delivers. A few years of aging should be rewarded with even more complexity. Enjoy with some lightly spiced top sirloin or T-bone steak.

Silver, 2011 El Dorado County Fair.
> Price: $20 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2009 Barbera (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

In keeping with its fruit forward nature, the red berry fruit jumps from the glass to greet you.  In the mouth the well balanced acidity keeps the fruit in the forefront, and the raspberry and strawberry become more distinctive. Rich in the mid-palate and a prolonged finish. A distinguished addition to the Solune Barbera heritage. Pair with pizza, pasta or anything Italian.
> Price: $26 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2009 Verdelho (Alta Mesa)  SOLD-OUT

This classic Portugese varietal leads with refreshing aromas of lemon and lime zest. The citric element is softened by a background of winter honeysuckle. It is full and rich on the palate with well-balanced acids that lift the fruit without any accompanying sharpness. The citrus and honeysuckle continue through the fresh, lingering finish. An apéritif for the deck or by the pool or a refreshing accompaniment for some of summer's lighter meals.
> Price: $16 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2008 ZINFANDEL (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

Aromas of ripe raspberry and blackberry tell you what to expect.  The berry flavors continue through the taste.  There is a silky middle mixed with light tannins. The silkiness extends the berry character through to a clean, lingering finish.  The friendly tannins would lead to pairing with some nicely marbled beef or perhaps with duck.  Maybe just a burger on the grill! 
> Price: $20 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2007 SYRAH (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

Earthy aromas of wood smoke, tobacco leaf
and leather. Texture is silky smooth and richly
succulent with black cherry and blackberry
flavors. Chocolate and spice compliment the
lingering finish. The generous acidity accentuates
the flavors, showcases the fruit and, coupled with the well integrated oak and tannins, promises further development over time.   Drink now or lay down for a while. Enjoy with almost anything on the BBQ.

Double Gold, Best Syrah in Sierra Foothills & Best Syrah in California, 2011 California State Fair ; Gold, 2011 Orange County Fair; Silver, 2011 El Dorado County Fair.
> Price: $27 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2006 Petite Sirah (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT


We love Petite Sirah and produce several editions, each from a different vineyard source. This Sierra Foothills offering displays an intense color and a full body. A rich and smooth mouth feel, and notes of plum. The lively flavors carry through to a long, lush finish. This Petite may be enjoyed on its own, but would also be a good match for any roasted meat dish.

Silver, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Silver, 2010 CA State Fair.
> Price: $23 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

TITAN XIV (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

Blend of Barbera & Petite Sirah.
Bright and Bold! The vivid red Barbera fruit blends seamlessly with the bold, dark-flavored heft of the Petite Sirah. Red cherry and raspberry fruit persists from the nose through to the wine's finish. On the palate it is joined by plum and blackberry with some hints of black pepper. Long, smooth and rich finish. The bright forward Barbera fruit combined with the weight and structure of the Petite Sirah creates a wine that will work well with a wide range of foods. Try with pasta with tomato sauces, grilled beef or pot roast.
> Price: $20 (750ml)  [ Back to Top ] 

 

TITAN XIII (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

Blend of Zinfandel and Syrah.
The Zinfandel greets you with refreshing berry aromas. Behind the berry is the more earthy presence of the Syrah. On the palate the earthiness evolves into coffee with smoky leathery notes. The mouth feel is fuller and richer than the bright burgundy color would imply. Smooth throughout with a rich, lingering finish maintaining the mid-palate richness. Serve with a hearty beef stew or something from the grill.
> Price: $18 (750ml)  [ Back to Top ] 

 

2008 CABERNET FRANC (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

Lovely deep burgundy color. Floral notes mixed with cherry in the nose. Smooth and rich on the palate with black cherry and a lingering raspberry. Bright acidity blends smoothly with the ample fruit creating a very good companion for food. Lamb is always a good pairing, but veal should work as well.

Silver, California State Fair; Silver, 2011 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]                   

 

2006 TEMPRANILLO (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

In a slightly different style than our 2005 Tempranillo, the 2006 is displaying more restrained oak and, reflecting differences in the growing season, a bit more fruit and boldness.  This wine also perpetuates a hallmark of our Tempranillos, namely, great flexibility in food pairing.

Gold, 2009 El Dorado County Fair; Silver, 2010 California State Fair; Silver, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
> Price: $21 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2007 Fleur de Lune (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT


This off-dry blend combines Muscat Blanc, Orange Muscat and Gewurztraminer.   The initial slight touch of sweetness is perfectly balanced by a vibrant acidity, providing a refreshing finish.  The tug-of-war between these dominant grape varieties results in a tasting equivalent of a M.C. Escher optical illusion, where each variety takes turn in dominating your palate.  Quite intriguing and very sensuous!  Pairs very well with asian spicy dishes and citrusy desserts.

Silver & Best of Class Sierra Foothills Appellations, 2010 CA State Fair; Silver, 2010 El Dorado County Fair; Silver, 2010 Amador County Fair; Silver, 2010 Orange County Fair.
> Price: $20 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2009 TORRONTÉS (Alta Mesa)  SOLD-OUT

Torrontés is Argentina’s principal white varietal.  Our second California rendition of this intriguing wine displays aromas reminiscent of Viognier, with a background of Gewürztraminer: orange and peach overlay, with a soft spicy floral background.  On the palate, the absence of any sweetness is the big surprise.  Crisp acidity and firm structure carry the delicate citrusy flavors gracefully, leading to a clean, refreshing finish.  Serve with a selection of mild cheeses on the patio or, for dinner, sea bass with tropical fruit salsa.

Gold & Best of Class Lodi Appellations, 2011 California State Fair; Silver, 2011 Orange County Fair; Silver, 2011 El Dorado County Fair.
> Price: $18 (750ml) [ Back to Top

 

2005 TITAN XII (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

A blend of two of our most popular and fruit-forward varietals, Malbec and Barbera. The dark berry of the Malbec greets you immediately in the intense, rich nose. On the palate, the raspberry and cherry of the Barbera joins the party. Very soft tannins and a smooth, silky texture. The refreshing acidity carries through to a long finish with a lingering touch of cocoa. A good companion for some rich, red meat. Or lovely just by itself in front of a nice fire on a cold winter night.
> Price: $20 (750ml) - Tasting Room Only  [ Back to Top ]

 

2007 Prt - pronounced "port" (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT


You've been asking for this one ! Back from a long vacation, and better than ever. Our port is a blend of Tempranillo, Barbera & Petite Sirah, vinified in the traditional Portuguese style.  Big, rich texture, at first dominated by dark fruit - plum, black cherry and cranberry attest to the Tempranillo and Petite. If you hold the wine on your palate, however, the Barbera makes it's statement with red cherry and raspberry. Lengthy finish is lush and warm without any alcoholic heat. This versatile wine pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate or a blue-veined cheese. Equally, it is a rich & classy choice for sipping after dinner.

Silver, 2010 El Dorado County Fair; Silver, 2010 Amador County Fair.
> Price: $20 (500ml)[ Back to Top ] 

 

2010 Barbera Rosé (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

The vibrant, deep rosé color shows best when poured with the summer sun shining through the glass. The red cherry aroma is ample testament to its Barbera origins. At the first sip, the crisp, refreshing acidity dispels any concerns of sweetness and brings out the strawberry flavors to join the cherry notes. The red fruit extends through a long, refreshing finish. It will pair well with a shrimp salad and, whether you prefer reds or whites with your seafood, our Barbera Rosé will be a refreshing summer substitute.

Silver, 2011 Orange County Fair; Silver, 2011 Amador County Fair; Silver, 2011 El Dorado County Fair.
> Price: $19 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]    

 

2008 Malbec (Alta Mesa)   SOLD-OUT


This wine has a lovely, deep burgundy red color and a subtle dark berry aroma. Intense, velvety, seamless texture, from the rich beginning to the long, lingering finish. Smooth and silky, soft tannins, with a hint of bittersweet cocoa at the end. Try it with "boeuf bourguignon" or veal marsala.

Silver & Best of Class Lodi Appellations, 2011 CA State Fair; Silver, 2011 El Dorado County Fair.
> Price: $22 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2008 Barbera (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

This Barbera encompasses all the best features of previous vintages, such as intense red berry flavors and aromas, great balance, silky texture, long finish - it has it all ! One difference however, is that this vintage is unoaked, with only a hint of smokiness due to the 2008 forest fires, a negative if over the top, but absolutely perfect for this wine.   From time to time, Mother Nature does things just right, even if in unexpected ways, making the 2008 a unique, impossible to repeat vintage !

Gold, 2011 Orange County Fair; Silver, 2011 Amador County Fair.
> Price: $26 (750ml) [ Back to Top ] 

 

2005 TITAN XI (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

A potent blend of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc where dark fruit dominates the nose with a light background of cedar. On the palate, the dark fruit is dominated by plum, blackberry and raisin notes. There is a light floral character. The acid and the fruit are nicely balanced. The fruit intensity grows through the mid palate to a very strong finish. The lengthy finish is enhanced by a light tannic texture.   Some nicely marbled beef would make a good pairing.
> Price: $18 (750ml) - Tasting Room Only[ Back to Top ]

 

2006 Petite sirah (Clarksburg)  SOLD-OUT


A velvety beginning without the tannic astringency of many Petite Sirahs.  The subtle opening plum/berry fruit intensifies in mid-palate, continuing to a lush, lingering finish.  Great with steak, but wonderful on its own.

Silver, 2010 CA State Fair; Silver, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.
> Price: $19 (500ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2005 TEMPRANILLO (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

Our Tempranillo is a wonderful Sierra Foothills rendition of this variety idolized in Spain and rapidly gaining popularity in this part of the world. This medium-full body red wine continues the tradition of its much celebrated (double gold medal winner) 2004 predecessor, combining intensity and smoothness, as well as great oak integration complementing the fruit with rich vanilla & toffee notes.

Silver, 2009 California State Fair, Silver, 2009 Amador County Fair,

Silver, 2009 Orange County Fair & Silver, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.
> Price: $23 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2005 Titan IX (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT

A powerful blend of Tempranillo & Petite Sirah, combining the best of each varietal, but with both allowed to express itself fully.

Silver, 2010 El Dorado County Fair.
> Price: $19 (750ml) [ Back to Top ]

 

2005 Titan  X (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

In the tradition of not releasing any wine before its time, we decided to bottle-age this red blend long enough for any rough edges to fade away and for the components to integrate. Not surprising, since the two component varietals also benefited from some bottle aging on their own for their single varietal releases. Of all our Titan blends, this one will be the most suitable for cellaring, although it is very approachable right now.
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2008 Pandora No.1 (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT


A harmonious blend of Chardonnay, from the 25 year old Jewett Vineyard next door and from our own estate vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc and some Semillon.  Truly the best of the top 2 favorite white varieties around, displaying a "Pandora" of flavors and aromas, and a refreshing crispness (Pandora also happens to be a sister moon, around Saturn, of Titan, so our white and red blends are truly a family affair !)

Silver & Best of Class, 2010 Amador County Fair.
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2009 Barbera Rosé  (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT


We have long believed that Barbera was a

perfect candidate for a Rosé, given its refreshing acidity, exhuberant fruit and vibrant color. Our Rosé lives up to this promise, showcasing the more developed end of the red berry spectrum, with raspberry & cherry dominating over strawberry. A wine with true panache, perfect by itself or supremely versatile at the table.  Truly the red wine lover’s white wine !

Gold, 2010 Orange County Fair;  Silver, 2010 El Dorado County Fair; Silver, 2010 Amador County Fair.
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2007 BARBERA (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

A wisp of oak mixed with jammy, berry notes in the bouquet promise an even more intense Barbera than its predecessor.  Big in the middle with a rich creaminess marked with plum and blackberry flavors.  Finally on the finish the oak reappears with a lingering smokiness.  Too much intensity to pair with pasta and a simple tomato sauce.  Try something on the grill with a big spicy BBQ sauce instead.

Silver, 2010 Amador County Fair.
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2007 TORRONTES (Alta Mesa)   SOLD-OUT

Argentina’s principal white variety, Torrontes offers wonderfully aromatic orange peel and rose petal aromas, with a velvety but crisp mouth feel featuring green apple, melon and a hint of spiciness. Perfect with seafood, poultry and asian cuisine.
Silver Medal, 2009 Orange & El Dorado county fairs & 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
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2006 barbera (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT     


Our best yet !  Perfect embodiment of our winemaking vision:  Distinctive Wines with Intensity, Complexity, Balance and Varietal Clarity.  Even smoother than our celebrated 2004, with a lingering finish and subtle oak, to allow the raspberry/cherry fruit to fully occupy center stage.

Silver Medal, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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2007 Verdelho (Alta Mesa)      SOLD-OUT

A major Portuguese white varietal originating from the island of Madeira, Verdelho offers the rare combination of crisp but refreshing lemon-lime acidity with a generous mouth feel, overlaid with exotic pear and peach aroma/flavor notes. Great summer wine, but also pairs extremely well with many dishes.

Gold Medal, 2009 Orange County Fair. 
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2006 zinfandel (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT

A wonderful pepperiness perfectly integrated with the bright fruit, resulting in a very harmonious and multi-dimensional wine, so much more interesting than the often simplistic fruit bomb character of many Zins. 

Silver Medal, 2008 Orange & Amador county fairs & 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. 

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2006 starboard PORT (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT
  
A blend of six traditional Portuguese port varieties (Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional/Franca, Tinto Cão, Souzão, Bastardo, and Alvarelhão), the 2006 port continues the rich and intense tradition of our 2005 Souvenir port.  At 18.5% alcohol, this wine is at the low end of the 18-24% alcohol port range, which allows a much improved balance with the other components, unlike the unavoidable hotness/harshness many of its higher alcohol relatives display.  It also means that the fruit has a better chance to shine, with none of the "pruniness" often encountered in alcohol-dominated ports.  A full-flavored and rich wine but still very fruity and friendly.
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2005 Petite sirah (Clarksburg)     SOLD-OUT

A deep dark berry fruit canvas provides a lively background showcasing all the attributes Petite Sirah enthusiasts crave in this wine, including generous but smooth tannins.  Sure to please both occasional and hard core Petite Sirah lovers, the Solune approach shows that Petite Sirah does not have to be a rustic monster bent on hurting your mouth to be in character.

Silver Medal, 2008 CA State Fair & 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  
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2005 TitAN VIII (Sierra Foothills)             SOLD-OUT

                                          

From our signature red blend series, this latest Titan is a rich and deep blend of our opulent Barbera and intense Petite Sirah. This compelling blend is already our favorite.  We made 35 cases, a little more than our usual 25 cases for Titan blends, but the additional cases were all sold at the wine club release event and we only have enough left for the wine club release itself.
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2005 Titan VII (Sierra Foothills)      SOLD-OUT

A great preview of our upcoming 2005 Cabernet Franc (40%), complemented with Petite Sirah (40%) and Barbera (20%), this Titan continues the tradition of previous releases.  While preserving the individuality of its components, this medium body and lively "assemblage" also offers a unique personality, to be enjoyed a capella or with a wide variety of dishes.
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2005 Fleur de Lune (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT 

Exotic White/Orange Muscat and Gewurztraminer blend, pleasantly off-dry up-front, but with a clean and refreshing finish.  Well worth the wait after the instant success of the limited 2004 release. 

Gold Medals, 2007 Amador & Orange county fairs. 
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2005 barbera (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT     


Luscious & rich, with intense cherry/raspberry/plum notes, low tannin and a velvety lingering finish.  A real stunner and a worthy successor to our 2004 !

Silver Medal, 2008 CA State Fair. 
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2006 Titan v (Sierra Foothills)      SOLD-OUT

This wine is an "assemblage" of Zinfandel and Barbera.  It is a study in contrast (Zin pepperiness vs Barbera red fruitiness) and resonance (intense cherry notes from both).  Very versatile, this smooth and intense wine is as tasty on its own as it is a wonderful match for barbeque, pizza and even cherry pie !  
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2005 sauvignon blanc musquÉ (Lake County)  SOLD-OUT

      
Little known Sauvignon Blanc grape clone with a Muscat lineage, presenting a wonderful tropical fruit & “grassiness” balance and contrast.

Bronze Medal, 2007 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
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2005 Titan vI (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT      


A blend of Petite Sirah and Barbera, or a marriage of dark berry and red berry characters, this generous wine respects the varietal clarity of its parents, while still managing to project a smooth personality of its own.  Thoroughly enjoyable !  
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2004 CAbernet sauvignon (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT   

A superb Cabernet Sauvignon nose, friendly tannins and a long finish capture the essence of this wine. No need for an over-priced "monster" Napa cab to enjoy a full-flavored, but approachable wine.

Bronze Medal, 2007 California State Fair and San Francisco International Wine Competitions.

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2005 souvenir PORT (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT 


An intense and smooth blend of five traditional port varieties originating from the Douro Valley in Portugal, this versatile wine pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate or a blue-veined cheese. Equally, it is a rich & classy choice for sipping by the fireside. 

To enjoy now or as a souvenir for the ages !
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2004 CAbernet franc   (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT 

Intensely varietal expression of this wonderful wine, but without the excessive herbaceousness sometimes encountered with this variety.  Balance between the various wine components is always a main objective for Solune wines and this release is a particularly successful example of this synergistic vision.   

Gold medal, California State Fair (& Best Sierra Foothills Cabernet Franc and, at 94 pts, the top scoring Cabernet Franc in California), as well as Silver medals at the 2007 Amador County Fair, El Dorado County Fair and the San Francisco International wine competitions.

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2004 Merlot (Monterey)        SOLD-OUT

Merlot used to be a favorite of Jacques' before its overwhelming popularity resulted in the over-production of generic & bland wines which lacked the personality that Merlots were once famous for.  Our Merlot is intended to set the record straight and show that this wine can indeed have a distinct, appealing, and interesting personality.  On the intense nose, classical plum pudding aromas share the stage with toasty vanilla and nutmeg notes.  In the balanced mouth, a medium but friendly tannin structure leads to a long spicy finish. This smooth wine can be enjoyed on its own but has enough oomph to hold its own with any red meat dish.
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2004 Titan IV (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD-OUT

Full-flavored red blend of our 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (1/3) and our enormously popular 2004 Barbera (2/3).   Snapped up by those Barbera lovers missing the '04,  this wine sold out in a month.  Gold Medal, Amador County Fair 2007.
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2004 Tempranillo  (Sierra Foothills)  SOLD-OUT


Our Tempranillo is a wonderful Northern Sierra rendition of this variety idolized in Spain and rapidly gaining popularity in this part of the world.  The name of the grape, "Tempranillo", means "a little early" in Spanish and refers to its early ripening properties, making it a perfect match for mountain growing.  Aromas of strawberry, cinnamon and vanilla characterize the nose, continuing with great oak integration and a long & smooth finish in the mouth.  We have yet to find someone who does not like this wine.  Double Gold Medal, Amador County Fair 2006.
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2004 Titan III (Sierra Foothills)     SOLD-OUT

A blend of two noble varieties (Syrah & Cabernet Franc), this Titan is a medium bodied wine with a long finish. Strong cherry notes dominate both in the nose and the mouth. Although there is not a drop of Pinot Noir in this wine, its style will appeal to Pinot Noir lovers (like Jacques) with its silkiness and friendly/moderate tannins.
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2004 Syrah (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD-OUT

                                                        

Perfect balance between fruit and oak characterizes this full body & very smooth wine The lingering finish will leave your mouth feeling happy.  This wine is evolving very nicely in the bottle, with each bottle opened even smoother than the previous one.

A very popular wine !
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2003 SYrah (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD OUT     

This wine is from the same grape source as the very smooth '04 Syrah already released. It benefits from an additional year of "élevage" and is intensified by the addition of 10% Petite Sirah. On the nose, cherry and raspberry dominate, with hints of vanilla and black pepper. A burst of the same berries take over in the mouth, leading to a long and well-balanced finish. Although this wine is ready to drink now, it will benefit from further bottle "vieillissement", in the same way its younger brother is developing.
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2004 Petite Sirah (Clarksburg)   SOLD OUT     

This is a great example of how much the nose of a wine can develop after it has been opened.  The first nose of this Petite Sirah displays intense blueberry aromas, with fleeting notes of plum, which gradually cross-fade to a rich smokiness complementing the persisting blueberry.  No such transition in the mouth. Blackberry flavors take hold of your taste buds from the start, but with the added dimension of the generous but smooth varietal tannins.  A long, powerful and velvety finish follows.  The French term "charnu" (chewy), definitely applies to this fine Petite Sirah specimen. 
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2004 Titan II (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD OUT     

Red table blend of Petite Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo - all great wines on their own, but combined in a synergistic manner in this full-flavored "assemblage". The intense nose is dominated by mixed berry aromas (strawberry from Tempranillo and blueberry from Petite Sirah), with a hint of cinnamon (from Tempranillo) and white pepper (from Cabernet Franc). The dark color announces generous fruit extraction and full body in the mouth. Firm but friendly tannins from the Petite Sirah and a well balanced and lingering finish also characterize this wine. A worthy successor to Titan I, in the same full-flavored and friendly tradition.
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2004 Petite Sirah (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD OUT  `


Tasters either adore this variety or hate it, usually for the same reasons:  It is a big, often rustic, inky dark wine with a generous tannin structure.  Aimed squarely at Petite Sirah lovers, nothing about this Solune Petite Sirah will bridge the gap between these 2 camps.  Definitely not for the faint of heart! 

Gold Medal, Amador County Fair 2006.

Silver Medal (91 pts), CA State Fair 2006.
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2004 Cinq Etoiles (Sierra Foothills - Estate)   SOLD OUT


A traditional blend of all 5 principal Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec), all grown in our own estate vineyard.  This intense wine embodies a level of complexity only attainable when all 5 components are present.  A rare delight!

Silver Medal, Orange County Fair 2006.
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2004 Barbera (Sierra Foothills)    SOLD OUT

A definite California incarnation of this usually lighter Italian variety, the deep ruby color of our Barbera announces the intense cherry & raspberry aromas and flavors characterizing this wine, complemented with a nice touch of toastiness coming from the heavy toast level used during oak aging.  On another level, a very interesting and successful balancing act is attained with this wine, where the higher acidity often found in Barbera is completely balanced by the 16.6% alcohol and the fruit intensity.  Quite unique and one of Jacques' favorite.

Gold Medal, Orange County Fair 2006.

Gold Medal, Amador County Fair 2006.
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2004 Fleur de Lune (Sierra Foothills - Estate)   SOLD OUT

This off-dry blend combines 45% Muscat Blanc (Canelli), 35% Orange Muscat and 20% Gewurztraminer from our own vineyard and the 3% residual sugar is perfectly balanced by the acidity, providing a refreshing finish.  The tug-of-war between these dominant grape varieties results in a tasting equivalent of a M.C. Escher optical illusion, where each variety takes turn in dominating your palate. Quite intriguing and very sensuous!  This wine was also a favorite at last year's events, even for red wine lovers who usually pass on these types of wines (all it took was one whiff!).  The volume of this release is particularly small and we expect to sell out quickly (maximum quantity per person will apply).  We believe these varieties have a great future in our vineyard and we will expand its production to meet demand.

Silver Medal, Orange County Fair 2006.
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2004 Titan I (Sierra Foothills)   SOLD OUT

Our Titan series of red table wine will be released one barrel (25 cases) at a time, each bearing a new and never-repeated Roman number.  This name was chosen because these wines are made entirely from the press fraction of each of the other wines we release individually and represent the most extracted part of the wine. 

Some of this powerful fraction is blended back into the free run fraction if Jacques judges the original wine could benefit from added extraction.  The rest is gradually blended together until barrels are successively filled, each a unique and, like its label number, never-repeated blend.  For example, Titan I is a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Petite Sirah in unknown proportions (unusual combination but the wine is just unbelievable).  Fining is done shortly before bottling if some smoothing out is needed (it is, after all, the most extracted part of the wine).

So, always a surprise in store with this series (but we will only release blends we feel work well together) and a great value!

Silver Medal, El Dorado County Fair 2006.
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