The DODO: apple of our eye




  • 2018 blend from Red Heaven, Red Mountain AVA
  • 32% Counoise, 20% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot
  • 40 months in new and neutral French oak
  • 260 cases produced

Tasting Notes – Impressively structured with a lively core of plum, cherry and orange zest flavors accented by just a flicker
of toasted oak, raisins and molasses. A peppery thread through the finish, with enough acidity to enliven the palate. A delicious, intriguing blend of Red Mountain Counoise, Malbec, Cabernet and Petit Verdot… our odd little bird.


This artwork has been posted on the office door of one of our own for nearly two years, waiting and hoping the right wine would appear and thusly be crowned, The Dodo. Some call it manifesting… but we call it obsessively pitching an idea until Rob says, “Fine, okay, you can do the Dodo.”

The original drawing hails from a set of books called… A NATURAL HISTORY OF BIRDS, by George Edwards…which was printed in 1758.

We took a cue from the title page of George Edward’s masterpiece when we designed the back label, formatting it to look just as he had. We even used the old-style ‘s’, which… admittedly, looks like an ‘f’. For inſtance, we didn’t mean inftance (do you see the diſtinction?). Even our label printer didn’t believe we wanted it to look this way; but we sure did.

The title page of George Edward’s book was printed with the Latin phrase, “Natura ſemper eadem, ſed Artes ſunt variae” and we let that remain. We Googled, as we didn’t take Latin as an elective, and it has now come back to bite us in the gluteus maximus (we didn’t need to Google that one, if you must know). It means, “Nature is always the same but the Art is varied”. Felt a bit apropos considering our line of work, no?

Anyway. We hope you enjoy.