Chris Mazepink, formerly the winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars and now winemaker at Benton Lane since the 2008 vintage, has a private label. Ebony Wines is named for the dense, fine-textured black wood highly valued as an ornamental wood.
Two blends are produced: The Quarry, which embodies the rocky nature of the selected vineyard sites, and Olenik Vineyard, of which Mazepink is part owner (initially all the fruit from this vineyard went to Penner-Ash, Patricia Green, Raptor Ridge and Elk Cove).
Mazepink uses 100% oak fermenters to add to the textural element of his wines. Projected production is 350 cases annually.
The wines are sold through a mailing list.
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