Our family has been living, farming, growing grapes, and making wines in Mendocino and Sonoma counties since soon after first migrating here more than 150 years ago.
The Frost family settled in Willits (Willitsville at the time) in 1861, four years after the founding of the town and the same year as the first post office opened. The family were well known and respected farmers in the area, raising cattle and pears. Grape growing for wine was later added and continued to be part of the family business, later relocated to Potter Valley until Prohibition.
The Pauli Family originally came west to settle in Schelleville, Sonoma County, working the train station and packing house. In the early 1900's there was a move to Mendocino County and a shift to farming.
Bill Pauli, along with his wife Janet and children Hal, Will, Frost manage grape growing across 12 vineyards across Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa Counties. Winemakers David Rosenthall, Jake Pauli and a talented team of winemakers turn the family grapes into a wide variety of wines. Our family's ability to farm across so many appellations and manage quality from grape to bottle, ensuring the highest quality.
Yokayo. Our name comes from our geography (terroir, the French call it). Our oldest of our family-owned vineyards, and the main winery are situated along the Yokayo Bench, a long swath of fertile, well-drained soil along the California coast in Mendocino County.
We also own vineyards across nearly every major AVA in Mendocino, in Rock Pile, Sonoma, and on Howell Mountain in Napa. The diversity of soils, micro-climates, varietals, and resulting flavor profiles allow us to make wines in nearly any style.
Come on a tour with us of our vineyards:
Potter Valley- Mendocino County
Our Home Ranch vineyards are in the Potter Valley appellation. Nearly 200 feet higher in elevation that nearby Redwood Valley, Potter Valley has a unique microclimate. The day-night temperature variations separate Potter Valley from many of the other winegrape growing areas of Mendocino County. Mid-day in this inland valley can be truly hot, but our evening temperatures are cooled by breezes that flow up the Eel River canyon from the sea. Under such conditions varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir flourish and develop strong but refined varietal characteristics.
Ukiah Valley- Mendocino County
The Ukiah Valley appellation is known for gravelly, well drained soils near the foothills of the Russian River flood plain, deeper rich loamy soils along the river itself and complex soil types of the upper bench ground. We grow vineyards in all these different regions of the Ukiah Valley and the grape varieties we grow here clearly reflect the range of flavors that different soils impart to the wines.
Redwood Valley- Mendocino County
-The Hill Vineyard
Rockpile- Sonoma County
This is one of California's newest and most unique appellations. Located in northern Sonoma County, in the mountains above Lake Sonoma, this area is known for its long even ripening season. The vineyards are 1,000 feet in elevation and above the evening fog, with cooler days and warmer nights. These conditions give the fruit a long even growing season to fully ripen. Grapes grown in the Rockpile appellation have complex flavors, sweetness and also have a desired level of acidity that allows us to produce beautifully balanced wines.
Howell Mountain- Napa County
One of the best AVA's for California Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain is known for its bit, powerful Cabernet. The Pauli Vineyard (formerly known as the Vogt Vineyard) has produced grapes used to make among the highest rated Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the history of California winemaking.
Our family has been growing grapes and making wine for generations. For years we have handcrafted small amounts of award-winning wines. We are passionate about sharing these wines with our family and friends and, up until now, we have had a very limited distribution. We are now making small quantities of these wines available to purchase on line. We invite you to come and experience Yokayo wines!
Below is a brief overview of our current wines, as well as some occasional special collections exclusive to this site.
SF International Wine Competition
Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc, 100% from steep hillside vineyards of Rockpile. Small lot fermentations, 2-day cold soak extraction for concentrated flavors, 20 months in new and second fill French Oak. It is a big, bold wine of currant, blackberry, mocha and toasted coconut with hints of violet and black cherry on the nose, and fine, balanced tannin.
Serve with brisket, spare ribs, polenta, paella.
100% Malbec, all free run juice, cold soak extraction, 12-day initial fermentation, lactic acid fermentation in barrels, aged 20 months in new, 1 year and 2-year French oak. Aromas of blueberry, dried cherry and red currant. Flavors of blackberry, white pepper, and minerality. Mouthfeel is with firm tannins and smooth balance.
Serve with Beef or lamb, open flame meats, sausage, Ragu.
1100 feet elevation, steep hills, 100% barrel aged in French Oak, aqueous extraction for flavor concentration, fermented to dry, racked to barrel after two weeks. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with some Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc give it a nose of Blackberry, plum, chocolate and a hint of black pepper, followed by flavors of blackberry, currant, mocha and oaky vanilla, all with a creamy soft finish.
Pair with short ribs, venison stew, or rich reduction sauces.
Fruit forward, crisp, balanced: 35% of the wine undergoing malolactic fermentation, 35% of the wine aged in new French oak. Our Chardonnay has aromas of caramel, toasted vanilla, pear, and spiced apple with flavors of ripe green apple, sweet melon, minerality, and hints of butterscotch pudding.
Lovely by itself, it pairs well with grilled chicken and vegetables, pesto pastas, and lighter cheeses.
100% Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards our family has farmed for generations. Grapes grown here get a long slow ripening that brings full fruit flavors balanced with a crisp acidity; perfect for Sauvignon Blanc. It is clean, fruit-forward and balanced with bright aromas of honeysuckle, green apple, pineapple, light lemon, and grapefruit leading to a crisp blend of flavors including white peach, honeydew melon, fresh green apple, passion fruit, and muted citrus; the perfect wine for spring and summer.
Refreshing to sip or as a great pairing with many dishes including light cheeses, white fish, chicken dishes, grilled vegetables, and salads.
Get our two SF Chronicle Gold Medal winning wines together for this one special offer.
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting is the largest competitive tasting of American wines anywhere. We've won many medals over the years. These two won Double Gold and Gold medals this year.
The "DOUBLE GOLD" Buteo is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Malbec and 5%Cabernet Franc blended, aged two years in first and second fill French Oak.
The "GOLD MEDAL" Cabernet Sauvignon is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 15% Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, 100% barrel aged for more than two years.
These wines now have more than two years of bottle aging, an extra step in the aging process that makes them very drinkable today, yet still able to be set in your cellar for years before reaching peak maturity.
Purchased individually they would cost $140, but buy them together now for this short-time offer, and you can have both for only $110, more than 20% savings.
Buy a pair for only $110.00
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