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Calder Wine Company is a new winery from the son of venerable Napa winemaker John Williams of Frog’s Leap. Rory Williams grew up around the Frog’s Leap winery and through his father he became exposed to the classic wines of California. During college he took time off to work harvests in Barolo, Argentina, Burgundy, and Provence before returning to California with thoughts of making wine. It was a bottle he shared with his father (1964 Inglenook Charbono) that inspired him to start his own winery working with long overlooked traditional varietals: Charbono, Carignane, and Riesling.
In 2009 Rory started with a test vintage of Charbono and in 2011 he launched Calder (his middle name) Wine Company. Having seen the results work for Frog’s Leap, Rory sought out old vines from dry farmed vineyards. The Riesling comes from 50+ year old dry farmed vines in Rutherford, the Charbono comes from 45 year old vines (the same vines that Inglenook used to get theirs from), and the Carignane comes from 73 year old vines in Mendocino.