Current Wine List
Old Vine Zinfindel
Doe Mill Vineyard
Located just east of Chico on a ridge top between little Chico Creek and Butte Creek Canyons this 40+ year old Zinfandel planting is undergoing a revival at the hands of locals Howard Isom, and Richard Leighty. Planted on typical “red dirt” soil perched atop ancient lava flows and decomposed granite, these vines struggle to produce limited tonnage per acre, thus concentrating the richness and powerful flavors of this variety into a bold and rich wine. The elevation allows for cooler nights than the nearby valley in order to achieve the delicate balance between sugars and acid.
The grapes for this wine come from Deaver Vineyards “Henry’s House” vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County. Located on a northern exposure and at a slightly higher elevation, red soils and gentle morning sun create a unique Amador microclimate. The vines are head pruned and dry farmed where the vines struggle to produce even a small crop. The smaller berries and lower production per acre make a deeply colored and intensely flavored (jammy) zinfandel which are a favorite of our dinner table. Amador county is widely considered one of the best sources of high quality zinfandel grapes in California (Rombauer Winery sources most of their Zinfandel here). This wine was aged 24 months in a combination of new and neutral American oak barrels in our specially designed wine cave. We did not filter or fine this wine. In past years we have won two gold, and two silver medals with wine from Amador County at the California State Fair and the San Francisco International Wine competition. 72 cases produced
Named after our granddaughter Josslyn, this blend is made up of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Ink Grade vineyard on Howell Mtn., 33% Merlot from the Ink Grade Vineyard on Howell Mtn, and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mill Race Vineyard in Yountville. The altitude of the vineyard locations for two of the components of this wine imparts a unique flavor profile. Because the vineyard if above the fog level of the nearby napa valley it is generally warmer during the day, while at night it is much cooler due to the altitude. This diurnal fluctuation in temperature causes the vines to grow very small berries with thick skins and this leads to a high skin to juice ratio resulting in an extremely “bold” and intense wine. The Cabernet from the valley floor in Yountville smooths out the flavor profile to enable this delicious
East of Calistoga, Ink Grade vineyard stands atop the Vaca Range on the eastern side of Howell Mountain. The high elevation causes daytime temperatures to be cooler and evening temperatures to be slightly warmer than the Napa floor. Planted in 1990, Ink Grade® stretches across 200 acres of terraced mountainous terrain. The site, planted to a quad trellis, ekes out between 2 and 2.5 tons per acre. The iron rich red clay and decomposed volcanic ash, are poor in nutrients and have difficulty retaining water. This combination stresses the vines to produce small berries with deeply structured spicy notes and robust tannins.
Roderick Ranch Vineyard
Our first wine from this vineyard in the renowned Anderson Valley has turned out to be a major hit. Located on the far west end of the valley this vineyard receives the fog from the nearby ocean longer than the more inland vineyards which delivers a delicate balance of perfumed aromas and bright acidity. We fermented the grapes using a technique of layering 50% whole clusters (not de-stemmed) and 50% whole berries only partially crushed, then aged the wine in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 20 months. The result is a long smooth finish, medium body, and fruity/floral aromas that will pair well with salmon, poultry , fruit, salads, or just sipping on the porch.
Yountville, Napa Valley
Ghost Block Vineyard
Nestled on a gently sloping knoll on the north edge of Yountville, Ghost Block vineyard is named in honor of the historic Pioneer Cemetery for which it borders. The organically grown vineyard is 16 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Roney Wines seeks out unique and distinct vineyards as a source for our award winning Cabernet Sauvignon. This Ghost Block vineyard is perhaps the best we’ve ever sourced from. Owned and farmed by the Hoxsey family in Napa Ca, this vineyard expresses the pinnacle of what we expect from premium Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. The word “cult vineyard” comes to mind when disusing the character of this location.
Comments from the winemaker
This wine expresses wonderful balance of acidity, pure fruit character, silky tannins, and aromas of red and black current, strawberry, and black cherry. The rich and round tannins add depth and sophistication with a long “travel” on your palate. It is little wonder that this wine took the coveted “Double Gold” award at the prestigious San Francisco Chronical Wine competition in 2019.