Frenchtown Farms

Aaron & Cara Mockrish ended up in North Yuba County with the intention of establishing a farm, but a bottle of Clos Saron Black Pearl 2008 sent them off on an unexpected path to winemaking. Having tasted the wine, they found that the man who made it lived near to their farm, and so they made it their mission to meet him. It was there, in Oregon House, California, that they found Gideon Beinstock, his tiny home vineyard, and their future.

They began learning from Gideon, everything from working in the vineyards to the winery and everything in between, and it was clear that not only was this the life for them, that this place was a singular place and the wines were unlike anything else. They managed to make a connection with Renaissance Winery (where Gideon had made his earliest, incredible wines, as well as many of the first vintages of Clos Saron), which was no longer producing their own wine, and leased their oldest producing vines.

This had three immediate effects. One: Frenchtown Farms was born. Two: Clos Saron regained access to this incredible vineyard. Three: Dani Rozman from La Onda has been able to work with this site and make wonderful wines. These three wineries represent something very special: the history and the future of this incredible terroir. Now only a few vintages in, we are observing the thrilling next phase of this long overlooked region.

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Frenchtown Farms ‘The Pearl Thief’ White 2018
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Roussanne (Slope 23, 1900 ft) from Renaissance Vineyard.   Sauvignon Blanc harvested first in early August, soaked on skins/stems for 5 days, pressed at first signs of fermentation. Juice fermented in 200 gal. open top tank. Roussanne harvested early September, soaked on
Item Number: 33366

Frenchtown Farms Suncrest Vyd 'Indigeaux' Red Blend 2016
60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Semillon.  Renaissance Vineyard - North Yuba 20% of the Merlot from Colfax in the Sierra Foothills.  13.3% whole cluster foot-stomped, aged in neutral French oak for 22 months. Bottled with 18ppm SO2, unfined and unfiltered.  This 1.25 acre backyard
Item Number: 32928

Frenchtown Farms Pinot Noir 2016
The fruit comes from David Polite who runs Carlton Hill Vineyards. It is one of the only eastern facing slopes that fully ripens Pinot in Yamhill-Carlton. The adjacent vineyards are owned by Louis Jadot and some other heavy hitters. Aaron and Cara have have a few rows in the 11 acre vineyard and
Item Number: 31951

Frenchtown Farms ‘Cotillion’ Blend 2016
60% Carignan, 40% Zin From the oldest producing vines in California. Jessie’s Grove in Lodi, owned by the same family since the late 1800’s when they were planted.Whole cluster, foot stomp with a relatively short maceration. Aged in neutral puncheon for 8 months. 20ppm total SO2.
Item Number: 29141

Frenchtown Farms Cecelia Rose 2017
60% Syrah, 40% Sauvignon Blanc. 90% of the fruit is from 30 year old vines in Penn Valley called Suncrest vineyard. Decomposed granite with heavy clay, dry farmed. The remaining 10% comes from Renaissance. The Syrah is foot-stomped and left on the skins for a few hours before being pressed. The

Frenchtown Farms ‘The Pearl Thief’ White 2017
60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Roussane - Own Rooted, dry farmed, 40 year old vines grown near Renaissance. Pearl Thief is irresistibly refreshing, flavorful, and textured, driven by tangy acidity and firm minerality (thanks, Renaissance!). Crisp stone fruits, fresh green herbs, honey-lemon and lemon

Frenchtown Farms '19 Harts' Syrah Renaissance 2015
85% Syrah 15% Roussanne  Whole-cluster, foot-stomped, naturally co-Fermented from the Renaissance Vineyards in Oregon House, CA at 2300 foot elevation in the most wild and undeveloped part of the 1300 acre property. Aaron and Cara were invited to come pick this fruit themselves, the year before

Frenchtown Farms Cecelia Rose 2016
Syrah/Viognier Rosé  "We picked the Syrah from our small vineyard in Penn Valley at 18.5 brix, stomped it, ate lunch, and then pressed it into puncheon to ferment in barrel. The Viognier from Bokish was added after the fermentation was complete to fill up the puncheon. Aged for eight months, also

Frenchtown Farms ‘The Pearl Thief’ White 2016
“60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Viognier.   The Viognier came from Bokish in Lodi, was stomped and sat on its skins for a few days. The Sauvignon Blanc— from Renaissance— was stomped and then immediately pressed. Aged in a puncheon and half barrel for eight months and bottled with 25ppm SO2 (the only

Frenchtown Farms Suncrest Vyd 'Indigeaux' Red Blend 2015
" 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Sauvignon Blanc  Whole-cluster, foot-stomped, naturally co-fermented from the Suncrest Vineyards in Penn Valley, CA at 1400 foot elevation.  Macerated on the skins and stems for 5 days and then pressed into an old French oak barrel