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2021 Namesake

2021 Namesake
Jodar Vineyard, El Dorado

Tasting Notes

This expressive wine features earthy aromas reminiscent of Bordeaux, with a signature dark berry backdrop. It is a big, age worthy wine with significant but velvety, fine-grained tannins across the palate and a lingering dark fruit profile of blueberry and blackberry.

Winemaking Notes

The cabernet franc and merlot were picked the same day and co-fermented in 2-ton open top tanks. During fermentation we practiced gentle daily punchdowns to avoid overextraction, then sent the free run wine to barrel for aging after fermentation completed. You can age this wine for at least 8 years from vintage date.


Aged for 18 months in 80% new French oak and 20% neutral oak to allow the tannins plenty of time to soften.

Food Pairing

If you’re feeling fancy, this wine is worthy of a special meal. We love it with Chateaubriand, Osso Bucco, Seared Duck Breast, or even Foie Gras, for an elegant food pairing. No matter how you’re feeling, we recommend pairing it with rich foods to balance beautifully with the layered fruit and tannins in this wine. This wine pairs perfectly with Chef Lisa Scott’s Rigatoni a la Bordelaise.


90 Points - Wine Enthusiast 

Silver Medal - El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2024

Wine Specs

58% Cabernet Franc, 42% Merlot

14% alcohol

250 cases produced

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