Terre Rouge & Easton Wines
The wines from Terre Rouge & Easton are located in California on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador County, with vines grown in the rugged, stony mountain soils (granitic and volcanic) of the Sierra foothills. Terre Rouge means red earth and vermillion-coloured soils are one of the hallmarks of the region.
The Terre Rouge portfolio features Rhône varietals whilst winemaker Bill Easton keeps his family-name for non-Rhône varietals.
California, Sierra Foothills
Organic (not certified) & lutte raisonée
|Wine||Grapetype(s)||Vine age||Soil type||Vineyard area|
|Viognier, Fiddletown, Terre Rouge||100% Viognier||-||Granite||-|
|Roussanne, Sierra Foothills, Terre Rouge||100% Roussanne||-||Iron rich top soil over layers of slate and shale||-|
|Enigma, Sierra Foothills, Terre Rouge||50% Marsanne, 29% Roussanne, 21% Viognier||-||Volcanic||-|
|Tête-à-Tête, Sierra Foothills, Terre Rouge||Mouvèdre, Syrah & Grenache||-||Gravel, clay and loam||-|
|Syrah Côtes de l'Ouest, Sierra Foothills, Terre Rouge||96% Syrah, 4% Viognier||-||Alluvial, granite and volcanic||-|
|Garrigue, Sierra Foothills, Terre Rouge||2/3 Syrah, 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon||-||Gravel, clay loam||-|
|Cabernet Franc, Sierra Foothills, Easton||100% Cabernet Franc||-||Granite||-|
|Zinfandel, Amador County, Easton||100% Zinfandel||-||Granite||-|
Viticulture / Vinification
- The Viognier is whole-cluster pressed; fermented in stainless steel and then moved to older French oak barrles with a couple of new barrels from Condrieu thrown in the mix. Lees stirring, malolactic fermentation and no racking off primary lees.
- The Roussanne is planted with a clone that originates from a Chave family parcel on the hill at Hermitage. Barrel fermentation & lees ageing; bottle-aged for 2 years prior to release.
- Enigma is whole-cluster pressed & fermented in older French oak barrels.
- Tête-à-Tête is from younger vines & more forward tasting barrel lots. Aged for 16 months in a mixture of French oak barrels. Drinks like a Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages: spicy, sappy & eminently quaffable!
- Syrah Côtes de l'Ouest is co-fermented with a bit of Viognier to add finesse. Aged for 17 months in French oak barrels, 20% new.
- Garrigue is inspired by wines grown a bit further south along the coastal Mediterranean where vineyards grow alongside the garrigue. The vines here grow in a similar environment surrounded by manzanita, pine, toyon, yerba santa & chamise.
- The Easton Zinfandel spends 10 months in French oak barrels. Juicy with bright acidity and brimming with dark fruit it is reminiscent of a Beaujolais cru and every bit as digestible!