Frenchtown Farms

  • Sierra Foothills, California, United States
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.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB5194-19
Organic
Frenchtown Farms White Blend "The Pearl Thief" Renaissance Vineyard
2019
Sauvignon Blanc
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Roussanne (Slope 23, 1900 ft) from Renaissance Vineyard.  Sauvignon Blanc harvested first in early August, soaked... Read More
United States

DB5193-19
Organic
Frenchtown Farms Rosé "Cecelia" Sierra Foothills
2019
Syrah
25% Sauvignon Blanc, 75% Syrah. Renaissance Vineyard. SB is stomped and the Syrah is direct pressed into the skins and stems of the SB.... Read More
United States

DB5165-19
Organic
Frenchtown Farms Red Blend "Cotillion" Lodi
2019
Carignan
50% Syrah 50% Grenache from North Yuba (Renaissance Vineyard) 100% destemmed by hand resulting in a bin full of mostly intact berries. ... Read More
United States

DB5166-17
Organic
Frenchtown Farms Red Blend "Indigeaux"
2017
Red blend
70% Cabernet 25% Merlot 5% Semillon from North Yuba, Renaissance Vineyard Whole-cluster, foot-stomped, 36 months in old French barrels.... Read More
United States

DB5167-17
Organic
Frenchtown Farms Syrah "19 Harts" Renaissance Vineyard
2019
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
United States