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.


2016 SKYLARK PINOT BLANC, ORSI VINEYARD, MENDOCINO

Once again 2016 has turned out to be a terrific vintage at Orsi Vineyard in Mendocino. When we first walked this vineyard in spring 2005, we envisioned creating a unoaked white from a varietal that had good natural acidity, aromatic lift and the ability to be versatile as an aperitif and equally complimentary tableside. The 2016 Orsi definitely delivers on that premise. We picked in two passes in 2016, leaving the oldest section on the vine for added maturity. The result is classic Orsi Pinot Blanc, with the citrus and apple-inflected fruit balanced by natural acidity. Refreshing and inviting, the 2016 Orsi has that special interplay of fruit and tension that is reserved only for the best of vintages.

Textbook Orsi Vineyard aromatics of roasted lemon, citrus and green apple. The palate is lively and bright, with the orchard citrus fruits juicy and textured, while the acidity supplies ample freshness and delineation. Savory, light, refreshing and very versatile tableside.

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2016 SKYLARK PINK BELLY ROSÉ

Our 2016 Pink Belly Rosé is sourced from two vineyards in Mendocino County – Ashurst vineyard outside Hopland and Sawyer vineyard high above Ukiah. While Kurt Ashurst’s Grenache vineyard has been the source for Pink Belly since 2008, this vintage we have the addition of Charlie Sawyer’s stellar Grenache site planted to the Beaucastel clone. We picked Sawyer on August 31 and then followed 3 weeks later with Ashurst on September 21. Both lots were produced in the traditional style – picked early, whole-cluster pressed, skin contact for color and then racked to their stainless steel home. No wood, no manipulation, just the fruits of summer in a fresh and invigorating format.

Salmon pink in color. Aromas of the red fruits of summer: strawberry, cherry and watermelon with complimenting notes of citrus and tangerine. The palate reflects the ripeness of the vintage, with the freshly juiced cherry and strawberry fruit in perfect concert with the natural acidity. The finish is fresh, clean and inviting, like all dry rose should be.

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2014 SKYLARK ALONDRA CHARDONNAY

2014 Alondra chardonnay is sourced from Peter Boeck’s chardonnay vineyard just outside the Sonoma Coast appellation in Sonoma County. This vineyard is planted to clone 4 on several terraced slopes with multiple expressions within the block. 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 2004 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.

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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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2012 SKYLARK GRENACHE, MENDOCINO

Charlie Sawyer’s Grenache vineyard sits high above Ukiah in Mendocino at 1000 feet elevation. This gently sloping, southwest facing vineyard is 2.64 acres planted to the Chateau de Beaucastel clone of Grenache. This is our 6th vintage at this idyllic site, where owner Charlie Sawyer and vineyard manager Peter Chevalier have created one of the top Grenache sites on the North Coast. 2012 was an ideal harvest in Northern California, with moderate weather, no real heat spikes and even ripening across all our vineyards. The crop was abundant but so was the fruit profile, and the resulting wines also have plenty of structure for excellent ageing potential. We picked Sawyer at dawn on October 12, achieving optimum ripeness throughout the block. Our Grenache is fermented with its indigenous yeast and macerated on the skins for three weeks. Then aged in seasoned French barrels for twenty two months and bottled without fining or filtration. After bottling, we age another twelve months before release.


Ruby red. Primary aromatics of cherry, mint, violet and bakers chocolate. On the palate, the Grenache shows its rocky soil origins, with creamed black cherry fruit and subtle complexities of Provencal spices. The palate impression is medium-bodied and seductive, with just the right amount of grip on the finish for structure and definition.

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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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2011 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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2009 SKYLARK SYRAH, STAGECOACH VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY

There is so much to say about this wine, but where to start? Perhaps in the beginning, when 12 years ago as wine buyers we tasted Joshua and Jan Krupp’s stellar Cabernets and Syrahs from Jan’s now historic property, Stagecoach Vineyard. Or perhaps the real genesis of this wine was Josh Krupp’s friendship, guidance and assistance in our salad days at Skylark.  When it appeared that a licensing problem would prevent our fledgling company from ever making it from barrel to bottle, Josh stepped in and saved us.  There was no personal incentive for Josh, he was just helping two brothers-in-arms who needed it. We lost Josh during harvest 2009, something we still feel to this day. The 2009 Stagecoach Syrah is our homage to Joshua Krupp. The Syrah was grown on his father’s spectacular vineyard high above the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. We chose our six favorite barrels, then racked into four new and two seasoned Francois Freres. After 32 months in the cave, we bottled last Spring unfined and unfiltered. It’s in your memory Josh, we hope we have honored you well.

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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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