"Here at florèz wines we embrace old world technique and sensibility. Everything begins with the vineyards and the best quality starting ingredients.
Some of the vineyards we are farming ourselves using organic practices, and dry farming management. To supplement we source fruit from organically and sustainably farmed vineyards. We work to stay as local as possible to the Santa Cruz area.
We follow through with astute craftsmanship utilizing native yeasts, eschewing additives, racking well but never filtering, a carefully monitored élevage without sulfur and sur lie, and bottling with minimal effective sulfur or less.
Always in pursuit of improvement we hope to deliver wines of pleasure and ease on the body.
By utilizing traditional, artisanal, and elemental practices we create one of a kind wines for those who take interest . Our production is small and our practices meticulous. We go out our way to do things exactly how we feel will best allow the wines to express distinct personality. The fruit is the most important part of the process and it is foundational that we work with good vineyards grown in harmony with their terroir."  ~ James Jelks

The Wines
2019 ‘Noble Oble’ - 100% Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz County, CA – 101 cases - Vineyard notes:
Aptos vineyard grown sustainably without herbicides (glyphosate free), or pesticides, dry farmed. Lutte raisonee and in transition to Organics. - Vinification: Clones include La Tache and Dijon selections. 1/2 whole cluster was incorporated in the fermentation with 1/2 whole berries destemmed on top and allowed to ferment to dryness about 2 weeks. The wine was aged in puncheon and barrique for 10 months sur lee. Racked once before bottling. Unfined, and unfiltered. No additives or sulfites during vinification & elevgage. 20ppm SO2 added at bottling.
2019 ‘Moonmilk’ - 100% Chardonnay - Santa Cruz Mountains, CA – 148 cases - Vineyard notes: This vintage is comprised solely from a single coastal Santa Cruz Mountains vineyard that I personally farm and tend. I do the entirety of the work including pruning, canopy work and spraying. Friends do occasionally help and of course harvest is a team effort! Organic, dry farmed, no till. - Vinification: Fresh fruit was hand-picked by friends and family and quickly whisked away to the winery for a direct pressing. The juice was settled and racked to stainless where we patiently waited for the native ferment to kick off. Once the tell-tale signs of ferment had just begun to spark, we transferred the lightly fermenting juice to neutral French oak to allow for barrel fermentation. The wine was left sur lee and without battonage for 10 months. Racked once before bottling. Unfined, unfiltered. No additives or sulfites during vinification or elevage. 20ppm SO2 added at bottling.
2019 ‘The Pope’s Smoke’ - 100% Grenache Noir Dunnigan Hills, CA – 191 cases - Vineyard notes: Certified CCOF organic. The vineyard is located in the foothills on the eastern side of the Northern California Coast Ranges. The soils are pinkish gravelly alluvial soils permitting good drainage which is essential to quality wines. This is a classic warm California climate and Grenache thrives here. They utilize some unique canopy work to protect the fruit from overexposure. They keep things diverse with fruit trees, olives, and bees on site. - Vinification: I performed two sperate fermentations in 2019. One fermentation whole cluster and the other destemmed. The whole cluster fermentation showed pronounced spice character and tannin, while the destemmed showed notably more fruit and Grenache varietal character. The two were blended for bottling. For this vineyard I prefer the destemmed portion largely because of the variety distinction. Unfined & unfiltered with no additives or sulfites used during vinification. 14ppm SO2 added at bottling.
2019 ‘White Rhino’ - 100% Grenache Blanc Dunnigan Hills, CA – 60 cases - Vineyard notes: Certified CCOF organic. The vineyard is located in the foothills on the eastern side of the Northern California Coast Ranges. The soils are pinkish gravelly alluvial soils permitting good drainage which is essential to quality wines. This is a classic warm California climate and Grenache thrives here. They utilize some unique canopy work to protect the fruit from overexposure. They keep things diverse with fruit trees, olives, and bees on site. - Vinification: This year’s practices were in an effort to profile the identity of the fruit and site. The whole clusters were pressed gently, and the juice was sent full solids to stainless steel. A healthy native fermentation and malolactic ensued and we left the wine intentionally sur lie. Left untouched for 5 months until a pre-bottle racking. No additives, un-fined, unfiltered. 0/0
2019 ‘Free Solo’ - Heritage Blend - Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Black Muscat. Santa Clara Valley, CA – 60 cases - Vineyard notes: 5th generation Italian owned. Planted ~1920. Organic with one watering per year. They do it how they learned from the previous generation. It used to be about 18 acres until the 101 was built, now only 0.6 acres remains. On alluvial loams. - Vinification: All varieties picked together and co-fermented. Fresh fruit was picked early in the morning and put into stainless tanks for carbonic maceration. CO2 from a neighboring vigorous fermentation was used to gas the tank. After three weeks the fruit was pressed off and sent to neutral French oak. Left sur lee for 10 months. Racked once before bottling. The wine was produced without any additions. Unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites.