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Ernest Bohemian Series Eugenia Edaphos
For our Ernest labels, we use grapes from seven sites in all. Some sites are valley floor, some are on hillsides. Some face west, all are considered cold-climate. We work closely with growers and vineyard managers at each site to dial-in the farming to adhere to a style that maximizes flavor ripeness while keeping sugars down and acidity high.
Fallenleaf Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
A beautiful bright and pale yellow wine, clear with shades of vintage gold. On the nose, a hint of white flowers, pears and pink lady apples with clear mineral notes of river pebbles and cut granite. On the palate a refreshing expression of the grape: a fruit profile consistent with the aromas and a pleasant acidity. The juicy and youthful mid-palate does not take away from the refined natured of this vintage. The finish lingers on the palate with a clean and thirst-quenching profile.
Estate Pinot Noir 2021
A beautiful ruby color wine with light hints of pink. Aromatically it greets the nose with a burst of bing cherries and summer strawberries, followed by notes of red roses. On the palate, it delivers even more complexity with the fruit profile being wrapped in layers of silky tannins and marked acidity. There’s a bright aspect to the wine that at first, but soon after the mouthfeel goes broader. The winemaking highlights the fruit’s elegance and finesse by exercising restraint on the use of oak.
Estate Chardonnay 2021
An incredibly pale example of the varietal. Citrus notes and green herbs greet the nose from a lean and vibrant wine. It is floral and fruits with impeccable acidity and a delicate mouthfeel. Refreshing without being overtly acidic. Clean and fresh gets thrown around a lot these days but, in this case, it is the perfect description of this cool-climate Chardonnay.
Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2021
The aromas are unapologetically what we’ve come to expect from this varietal we love so much. It is a seductive and enticing wine with hints of orchard and stone fruits in perfect harmony, followed by subtle notes of wet sand toasted hazelnuts. As it warms up in the glass it shows some warm and complex notes of creamy oak followed by bright citrus zest. On the palate, the seductive nature of this wine is fully revealed with an irresistible and decadent melange of summer fruits, like ripe peaches, nectarines, and juicy naval oranges.
Ernest Blanc de Blancs Champagne
This 100% Chardonnay, a true Brut Champagne, signifies not only Ernest Vineyards’ ethos but also a beautifully crafted testament to our collaborative spirit and pursuit of excellence in winemaking. Our Blanc de Blancs delivers precise yet subtle aromas of green apples and minerals with a touch of brioche. This subtlety continues to the palate, which delivers a very bright and refreshing sensation alongside secondary flavors of unripe peaches and nectarines. This Champagne exudes charm and elegance all while honoring the fine balance between fruit, acidity, minerality, and effervescence.
Côte des Blancs
Beginning with the 2019 vintage, Ernest introduces The Bohemian Series to celebrate the outstanding moments in the cellar from a particular vineyard. The Series will always embrace fluidity, each vintage will hold its unique inspiration and the varied bottlings will reflect what rises to the height of exceptional while in barrel for the most elevated experience of the vineyard and vintage.
Joyce Vineyard Chardonnay 2021
A pale-yellow, white gold hue chardonnay with powerful aromas. Notes of green apple, citrus cream, minerals, and a “coolness” of style. On the palate, the wine displays delicacy, but piercing acidity with sour green apples and Meyer lemon flavors. The minerality peaking through the mid-palate has the freshness of morning fog followed by delicate marks of wild herbs. This wine is delicious and vibrant now but it will definitely benefit from a bit of aging, which will just add to the complexity with more balance and nuance.
We produce our seasonal Rosé under the Eugenia label, named after Erin's grandmother. Our current release, from the 2022 vintage, includes an old-world style Rosé of Pinot Noir, and the return of a fan-favorite, our Rosé of Cinsault from the Certified Green Bruella Ranch.