Frenchtown Farms

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: La Onda and Thee & Thou (the other Yuba Wineries) were able to work with this site as well. These four wineries represent something very special: the history and the future of this incredible terroir. And with this wine, the debut of Frenchtown Farms, we are observing the thrilling next phase of this long overlooked region.  

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB5193-17
Organic
Rosé "Cecelia" Sierra Foothills
2017
Syrah
60% Syrah, 40% Sauvignon Blanc 90% of the fruit is from 30 year old vines in Penn Valley called Suncrest vineyard. Decomposed granite with... Read More
United States California

DB5969-16
Organic
Pinot Noir "Waypoint"
2016
Carignan
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
United States California

DB5165-16
Organic
Red Blend "Cotillion" Lodi
2016
Carignan
60% Carignan, 40% Zinfandel   From some of the oldest vines in CA - Jessie’s Grove in Lodi, which has been owned by the same family since... Read More
United States California

DB5166-15
Organic
Red Blend "Indigeaux" Suncrest Vineyard
2015
Red blend
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Sauvignon Blanc Whole-cluster, foot-stomped, naturally co-fermented from the... Read More
United States California

DB5167-15
Organic
Syrah "19 Harts" Renaissance Vineyard
2015
Syrah
85% Syrah 15% Roussanne Whole-cluster, foot-stomped, naturally co-Fermented from the Renaissance Vineyards in Oregon House, CA at 2300 foot... Read More
United States California

DB5193-16
Organic
Rosé "Cecelia" Sierra Foothills
2016
Syrah
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... Read More
United States California

DB5194-16
Organic
White Blend "The Pearl Thief" Sierra Foothills
2016
Sauvignon Blanc
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... Read More
United States California