To reflect our palates, the portfolio at Skylark includes crisp, flavorful, aromatic white wines and full-bodied, rich, spicy red wines. As we have long admired the beautiful white wines produced in Alsace and Austria, our Pinot Blanc is a California rendition of a classic European varietal.

While we continuously explore the fertile California landscape for red wine vineyards that excite us, our current releases are native to the Rhone Valley in France. Our single vineyard Syrahs are inspired by the Northern Rhone wines of Cote Rotie and Hermitage. Our Grenache is reflective of the great wines produced in the south of France in tiny villages such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape. We love the style of these wines and have discovered vineyards in Northern California that allow these varietals to truly shine.


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2017 SKYLARK PINOT BLANC, ORSI VINEYARD, MENDOCINO

After we made our first vintage of Pinot Blanc from Bernie Orsi’s vineyard outside of Hopland in 2005, we decided to get serious about the varietal. Old vines planted in Russian River alluvial soils, we felt this site had incredible potential. Planted by John Fetzer in the 1970s, these regal old vines deserved the opportunity to show their unique character. We purchased Mueller stainless steel barrels, said ‘sayonara’ to the ubiquitous wood regime and let one vineyard have its voice. A dozen years have passed, and the consistent tone of Orsi Vineyard Pinot Blanc never fails to impress.

Classic Orsi Vineyard aromatics of citrus, roasted lemon, green apple and tangerine. The palate is ethereal and delicate, with the citrus and green apple fruits perfectly integrated with the natural acidity. Streamlined and pure, the crystalline lemon-inflected fruit flows into a savory and refreshing finish.

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2017 SKYLARK PINK BELLY ROSÉ

Our story of rose started in 2007, when we produced a small amount of Grenache rose meant to be house wine for our families. We love the beautiful simplicity of rose, the freshness, the ability to be light yet fully flavorful. It is the ultimate quaffer. It wasn’t our master plan to produce rose in commercial quantities, but organically the demand and production grew together. With this increase, we outgrew our block at Kurt Ashurst’s Grenache vineyard in Hopland. To meet the demand, we added fruit from Charlie Sawyer’s stellar Grenache site above Ukiah, our long-time home for our Grenache noir. As the northeast corner of this vineyard ripens first, we picked those rows on September 5th to add to our rose production. The two sites were whole-cluster pressed separately and then blended after primary fermentation. With the ability to add this corner of Sawyer to our production, now it’s not just pink for us it’s pink for all.

Salmon pink color. Aromas of the red fruits of summer: strawberry, cherry and watermelon with complexities of citrus and orange peel. While the palate is sleek and defined, Sawyer has added more dimension and midpalate texture. The freshly crushed red fruits and candied orange peel dovetail into a refreshingly dry finish. California sun and warmth meet their Provencal heritage.

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2017 SKYLARK ALONDRA CHARDONNAY

Our 2017 Alondra Chardonnay is sourced from three old vine vineyards just West of the Russian River in Mendocino County near Hopland. These three vineyards are planted to clone 4 and a Dijon clone. Our goal here is to continue the exploration of un-oaked chardonnay, exhibiting varietal character without the sweet oak component. Think old world, with wet stone, flinty, lemony acidity, age-worthiness and linear chardonnay character over heavy richness. We are re-thinking the chardonnay paradigm, aiming for effortless ethereal character rather than heavy extraction.

Bright lemon. Aromas of wet stone, lemon, and citrus, with green apple and spiced pear. The 2017 is a fresh and invigorating style of chardonnay, with the stone and lemony acidity characters opening into subtle notes of apple and pear blossom with aeration. A refreshing, clean style with youthful exuberance and mouth-watering acidity.

Alondra is Spanish for Skylark

500 Cases Produced

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2014 SKYLARK RED BELLY

It is hard to believe that this is our ninth edition of Red Belly, our ode to the South of France where blending varietals to achieve the perfect synergy is the way of life. 2014 Red Belly is a composition of two Carignane sites in Redwood Valley – our old friend Niemi vineyard and the addition of 100 year old vines from Casa Verde Vineyard, a ¼ mile to the south of Niemi. Lawer Vineyard in Knights Valley is the Syrah element, adding depth and power to the final blend. The final piece of the puzzle is Grenache from Charlie Sawyer’s vineyard above Ukiah, adding florals and that silky, spiced red cherry fruit. With the addition of Casa Verde, our production in 2014 reached 50 barrels of Red Belly. This is a classic vintage for Red Belly to be enjoyed anytime – fruit, spice, texture, tannins all in seamless cohesion.
 
40% Carignane  40% Syrah  20% Grenache

Violet. Aromatics of plum, black cherry, violet and Mediterranean hillside. The entry is defined by juicy and creamy black fruits – plum, blackberry and crushed cherry fruit coat the entire palate, with the tannin structure intricately woven into the fruit profile. Caramelized black fruits fan into the long and creamy finish, with the tannins lending a savory edge to the ripe fruit.

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2014 SKYLARK GRENACHE, MENDOCINO

Grenache may have its apogee in the south of France, especially Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where it has been the centerpiece varietal for centuries. The varietal does thrive in warm climates globally, notably in Spain and increasingly so in California. Our home for Grenache has been Charlie Sawyer’s site 1000 feet elevation above Ukiah in Mendocino. Using famed clonal material from Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf, Charlie and vineyard manager Peter Chevalier have created a world class site for this varietal. We are very proud to present the 2014 Sawyer Grenache as our eighth vintage from this esteemed plot.


Brooding aromas of black cherry, raspberry and brown spices, opening into bakers chocolate ripeness with a floral violet top note. The fruit-infused palate is ripe and creamy, with skin tannins lending structure and grip to the textured fruit. While naturally medium-bodied, the ample cherry fruit caresses the palate with fruit dimension and warm baking spices. Though very approachable now, inherent fruit and structure suggest a graceful evolution in the bottle.

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2013 SKYLARK ‘LAS AVES’, NORTH COAST

Las Aves is our continued exploration of Rhone varietals married with Cabernet Sauvignon as done brilliantly in the Priorat region of Spain.  Our Niemi Vineyard Carignane, planted in the 1950s, works beautifully with Cabernet Sauvignon, lending an earth and structure component to the ripe fruit profile of the Cabernet. The blend is made complete by the floral character of Sawyer Vineyard Grenache and the density and midpalate of Lawer Vineyard Syrah.  With a smaller Carignane crop in 2013, the blend this vintage has more inclusion of Lawer Syrah, which may be our finest vintage from this site.

47% Syrah  19% Cabernet Sauvignon  17% Grenache  17% Carignane

Saturated ruby color. Aromatic dark berry fruit of cassis and blackberry with an intriguing forest floor element. The palate is layered with the dark berry fruit viscosity, tempered by the earth and soil note from the Carignane. The textural impression is rich without being heavy, with the fine-grained tannins completely woven into the fabric of fruit.

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2013 SKYLARK SYRAH, RODGERS CREEK VINEYARD SONOMA COAST

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2014 SKYLARK SYRAH, LAWER VINEYARD, KNGHTS VALLEY

Lawer is an amphitheater-shaped vineyard tucked back in the Knights Valley AVA in Sonoma. We farm the top section of this southwest facing slope, planted to the Rhone clone 877 on volcanic soils. 2011 was a cool vintage in Sonoma, with early October rains complicating picking dates. Lawer is well-drained and protected, so we picked very clean fruit under sunny skies on October 21. We decided against any whole cluster inclusion and shortened skin contact in the tank, resulting in our most elegant Lawer syrah to date. As is our custom with Lawer, we allowed the 2011 generous time on the cork before release. 

Opaque. Beguiling nose of bacon fat, raspberry and iron rich graphite. The dark fruit viscosity is buffered by structure and acidity, leading into a focused, pure finish. Very approachable now with a decant and this vintage will age gracefully.

SIX BARRELS | 150 CASES PRODUCED

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2013 SKYLARK ALONDRA CABERNET

2013 Alondra Cabernet is sourced from an organic vineyard on Mee Lane in the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley. The soil composition here, gravel and alluvial loam, is perfectly suited to the production of Cabernet Sauvignon. 2013 was a generous vintage in Napa, with no real heat spikes or adverse weather conditions. We harvested on October 23, hand sorted in the vineyard, cold soaked in the winery, then fermented in a small, open top tank. The barrel regimen is French wood, 25% new but without any evident new wood characters. Our goal here is to produce varietally pure Cabernet that is versatile and elegant tableside. 200 cases produced

Ruby/violet. Black cherry, cassis, roasted sweet herbs, and a sprinkling of that classic Rutherford dust. The palate is elegant and perfumed, with the fruit and earth components combining to ensure that real sense of place. As with many 2013s, the finishing tannins are fine-grained and silky, providing for early enjoyment.

EIGHT BARRELS | 200 CASES PRODUCED

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