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Mount Aukum Winery

Mount Aukum Winery 2615 feet is the altitude of the vineyards at Mount Aukum Winery in California's El Dorado County - a region long famous for Zinfandel and more recently gaining a name for the cultivation of Rhone and Italian varietals. At 2615, the air is clear, the Central Valley below is covered with fog, and the mighty Sierra Nevada lifts its snowy peaks just an arm's length away. Vines cling to the hillsides here between outcroppings of crumbling granite in a perfect world for wine grapes - a little red dirt here, a rocky drainage there - what the experts call "Holland Series", thirty-six inches deep. Days are sunny and nights are crisp on Mount Aukum- the same old story every winery wants to tell but up here the long underwear proves it's not just a marketing ploy. Within the rugged sub-appellation of Fair Play ("Wines with Altitude"), Mount Aukum uses its own hillside vineyards as well as sourcing fruit from the same growers who nurtured the explosion of Zinfandel's fame in the Sierra foothills. Winemaker Lance Campbell has the soul of a "garagiste" with the solid foundation of winemaking skills learned from the ground up, and backs his signature El Dorado County Zinfandel with a changing kaleidoscope of superb single varietal Rhone offerings made one hundred and sixty cases at a time. 2615 is the source and the refuge , the goal and the inspiration, the altimeter reading at the tasting room door and the name of the already flourishing wine club.


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6781 Tower Road, Somerset, CA, US, 95684 Email:
Phone: 530-620-1675 Web:
Fax: 530-620-1676
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  Cabernet Franc
  Cabernet Sauvignon
  Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc
  Destinee de Blanc ("The Fate of White")
A blend of white Rhone varietals, Destinee de Blanc is exactly what white wine was meant to be! On the nose the wine is delicately scented, offering hints of lavender and pineapple, but on the palate it fills out, medium-bodied and well-structured with green apple and more pineapple lined with herbal, grassy notes and a touch of sweetness. (40% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne, 30% Viognier).
  El Dorado Marsanne
Marsanne is a white grape from the Rhone region of France, not yet widely cultivated in the U.S. and we think there should be lots more! This delicious wine opens on the nose with pears, toasted marshmallow and honeysuckle aromas, leading into a very smooth and silky mouthfeel from the sur lees aging and 30% malolactic fermentation. Flavors of ripe pear mingle with lemony notes, distinctly reminiscent of yellow and green SweetTarts, sliding smoothly into a prolonged finish of lingering vanillin.
  El Dorado Syrah
Our mountain grown Syrah was harvested September 26th from a ridge-top vineyard over two thousand feet above sea level in El Dorado County's famous red soil. Co-fermented with 3% Viognier, small lot fermentations create a complex wine of intense varietal character. 100% barrel aging for 18 months in French oak adds notes of cedar and toast to this plush, spicy Syrah.
  El Dorado Zinfandel
This Zinfandel was harvested from two hillside vineyards above 2500 ft. in El Dorado County. A classic Zinfandel profile including cherry jam, dried plum, clove and white pepper describe this mountain grown wine.
  El Rojo De La Tierra ("The Red of the Earth")
Artful blending to create a superior wine with balance, structure and complexity is as old as the history of winemaking. This wine is a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah from five distinct vineyards in El Dorado and Paso Robles. (65% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre, 2% Petite Sirah).
  Fair Play Petite Sirah
Nutrient poor decomposed granite soils dominate the Fairplay A.V.A. along with a microclimate naturally tempered by an elevation upwards of 2500 ft. Petite Sirah is perfectly suited for the local terrior and produces a wine with excellent balance and structure; eloquent and powerful. Ripe blackberries and violets with a hint of magnolia lead to dense tannins and a subtle smoky finish.
  Fair Play Syrah
Nutrient poor decomposed granite soils dominate the Fairplay A.V.A. Along with a microclimate naturally tempered by an elevation above 2500 ft. The combination of soil and climate produce a velvety Syrah with dense tannins. Dried violets and roses with cranberry caramel toast define the bouquet.
  Fair Play Viognier
Viognier (pronounced VEE-own-yay) is a lovely white grape from the Rhone region of France, just beginning to be more widely known in the United States. This wine is a superb example and very characteristic of the varietal, with fragrant jasmine and peach leading off the exotic, forward nose that includes lemongrass and lichee notes. On the palate, the wine is crisp and bright with flavors of ripe green apples and tropical mango, underlaid with a warm, nutty toasted almond note contributed by the particular yeast strain used in fermentation. Delightful with Asian fusion cuisine and other light and spicy fare.
  Paso Robles Mourvedre
  Petite Sirah Reserve
  Russian River Pinot Noir
Warm days and cool nights, fog and ocean breezes combine to make the perfect climate for Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Gentle handling of the fruit along with partial whole berry fermentation on native yeasts create a wine showing aromas of cherry cola and hazelnut with a whiff of pencil lead.
  Russian River Valley Zinfandel
  Sierra Foothills Zinfandel
  Syrah Reserve
  Zinfandel Reserve


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