Calder Wine Co.

Calder Wine Co.

Calder Wine Company is a new winery from the son of venerable Napa winemaker John Williams of Frog’s Leap. Rory Williams grew up around the Frog’s Leap winery and through his father he became exposed to the classic wines of California. During college he took time off to work harvests in Barolo, Argentina, Burgundy, and Provence before returning to California with thoughts of making wine. It was a bottle he shared with his father (1964 Inglenook Charbono) that inspired him to start his own winery working with long overlooked traditional varietals: Charbono, Carignane, and Riesling.

In 2009 Rory started with a test vintage of Charbono and in 2011 he launched Calder (his middle name) Wine Company. Having seen the results work for Frog’s Leap, Rory sought out old vines from dry farmed vineyards. The Riesling comes from 50+ year old dry farmed vines in Rutherford, the Charbono comes from 45 year old vines (the same vines that Inglenook used to get theirs from), and the Carignane comes from 73 year old vines in Mendocino.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB5133-17
Chenin Blanc Galleron Vineyard Rutherford, Napa Valley
2017
Chenin Blanc
Chenin blanc from the organic, dry-farmed Galleron Vineyard in Napa Valley. Fermented in neutral oak and aged on the lees for 6 months. 
United States California

DB6059-17
Riesling Rachel Rossi Vineyard Rutherford
2017
Riesling
From a 0.6-acre, dry-farmed, organically-certified block of Riesling planted in the 1970s in Rutherford. Brief skin contact, followed by a... Read More
United States California

DB6061-15
Charbono Rossi Vineyard Rutherford
2015
Charbono
2015 Charbono, Rutherford:The fifth vintage for Calder working with this heritage variety, and the first drawn exclusively from a newer... Read More
United States California

DB6060-16
Old Vine Carignane Colombini Vineyard Mendocino
2016
Carignan
Sourced from two old-vine blocks in the Redwood Valley area of Mendocino: the Cemetery vineyard, planted 1954, and the Rovera vineyard,... Read More
United States California

DB6919-15
Organic
Petite Sirah Rutherford Napa Valley
2015
Syrah
The inky, impressively structured Petite Sirah grape often conjures up images of massive, monolithic wines with more tannin than complexity... Read More
United States California