Potter Valley- Mendocino County
Our Home Ranch vineyards are in the Potter Valley appellation. Nearly 200 feet higher in elevation than 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. Our Vineyards in 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/Ricetti
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 big, powerful Cabernet. The Pauli 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 since the 1970's. For years we have handcrafted small amounts of award-winning wines. We are passionate about sharing these wines with our family and friends and we have had a very limited distribution. We invite you to come and experience Yokayo wines!
Below is a brief overview of our current wines.
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.