Amphora-Aged Carignane

Mendocino County

This 2020 Carignane wine was whole-cluster fermented in a concrete egg before aging in amphora for five months. Made from naturally occurring minerals of water, earth, air and fire, amphorae have been used as a vessel for aging wine for more than 6,000 years. Carignane, a storied variety with roots dating back to the 9th century BC, is a limited-edition wine made with 100% organic grapes. The ancient practice of crafting wine in amphorae increases the development of aromas such as nuts, baked fruit and lends a slight tea characteristic with subdued acidity and rich mineral flavors.

Tasting Notes

A brilliant light ruby in color.


This Carignane expresses notes of ripe plum, fresh raspberry, and fig.


Blueberry and red cherry flavors with layers of lavender and hints of lemon cover the palate. The wine is luscious, long and memorable on the finish.

Vintage Notes: 

The 2020 growing season was mild to moderate overall, with bud break and flowering occurring a week earlier than in 2019, and more spring frost events than typical.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Mendocino County
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • pH: 3.55
  • Titratable Acidity: 6.6g/L
  • Aging: Fermented in a concrete egg before aging in amphora for five months
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Grilled Spiced Lamb Chops
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses