Frenchtown Farms

Frenchtown Farms
  • We interact with every vine personally, making decisions that shape the future of the vineyard as well as the final wine in bottle for that vintage.  We consider the events of the past season, try to predict the coming months weather, and attempt to give each vine exactly the amount of work that it wants to do for the year. 

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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DB5194-18
Organic
White Blend "The Pearl Thief" Sierra Foothills
2018
Sauvignon Blanc
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Roussanne (Slope 23, 1900 ft) from Renaissance Vineyard.  Sauvignon Blanc harvested first in early August, soaked... Read More

DB5165-18
Organic
Red Blend "Cotillion" Lodi
2018
Carignan
Organically grown Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Syrah from David Girard Vineyard in Placerville, CA.Whole-Cluster, foot-stomped, and fermented... Read More

DB5969-16
Organic
Pinot Noir "Waypoint"
2016
Pinot Noir
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... Read More

DB5193-18
Organic
Rosé "Cecelia" Sierra Foothills
2018
Syrah
60% Sauvignon Blanc (Slope 23, 1900 ft), 40% Syrah (Slope 19, 2300 ft) from Renaissance Vineyard.  Sauvignon Blanc harvested first, whole-... Read More

DB5165-17
Organic
Red Blend "Cotillion" Lodi
2017
Carignan
70% Mourvèdre 20% Grenache 10% Syrah from David Girard Vineyards - El Dorado County.13.3% whole cluster foot-stomped aged in old French oak... Read More

DB5166-16
Organic
Red Blend "Indigeaux"
2016
Red blend
60% Merlot 35% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% SemillonMost of the fruit is from Renaissance Vineyard in North Yuba. 20% of the Merlot is from Colfax... Read More

DB5167-16
Organic
Syrah "19 Harts" Renaissance Vineyard
2016
Syrah
95% Syrah 5% Roussanne from Renaissance Vineyard - North Yuba 13.1% whole cluster foot-stomped, aged in neutral French oak for 18 months... Read More