The 2016 Eldorado is a blend of 57% Viognier, 26% Roussanne, and 17% Grenache Blanc. This is the only wine in our line up that is not from a single vineyard, simply because we couldn’t find what we wanted in one place. We had the luxury of watching these varietals at Shake Ridge and Goldbud for years before we made wine from them. Both incredible terroirs share high elevation, red volcanic soils, and meticulous farming. The Viognier is from Ann Kraemer’s Shake Ridge Vineyard, grown on a north-facing slope in rocky Sierra uplift soils. The Roussanne and Grenache Blanc are dry-farmed and head-trained, hailing from Ron Mansfield’s Goldbud Vineyard, a gentle north-facing slope on an ancient caldera with super-red-lava-pebbly soils. The result is magic. The Viognier was fermented and aged in a concrete egg; the Roussanne was fermented and aged in a once-used 300L French Oak barrel. The Grenache Blanc was pressed to neutral oak for its fermentation. After happy native fermentations, the wines were aged in a cold cellar sur lees for 18 months before being bottled. The 2019 Keplinger Eldorado sings with complex aromatics – honey, pear, lanolin, chamomile, hazelnut, peach, sage, crushed stones, pomelo, and just a hint of green olive. On the palate, it is tremendously silky, balancing richness, phenolics, and verve. There are layers of textures and flavors, with honey, guava, hazelnut, apricot, lemon curd, and chamomile tea which intermingle through to the very long finish. 120 cases produced.