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May 7

Decanter Scores! 91 Cab, 91 Grenache, 90 Barbera

91pts-2022 Cabernet Sauvignon-"Great herbal aromatics leap forward from this high mountain Cabernet sourced from four different sites in the Sierra Foothills—crushed stone minerality, green peppercorns, bay leaf frame cassis and blackberries with mint. The palate is well-structured and bright. Red and early season berry fruits are marked with fleshy bing cherry and candid raspberry notes. An excellent savoury kick of garrigue and a touch of dusty eucalyptus helps this wine towards the finish."-Clive Pursehouse

91pts-2022 Grenache-"The 2022 vintage of Grenache from Lava Cap in El Dorado County is a blend of two blocks planted in 1999 and 2015, respectively. The wine's aromatics are a melange of warm countryside berries and savoury spice, with white pepper and mint coming together. The palate offers strawberry flesh, spiced red plums and a melange of green and white peppercorn. This wine combines the ripeness of fresh berry fruit with the savoury spice that the variety is known to produce."-Clive Pursehouse

90pts-2020 Barbera-"Though it doesn't carry the spry, lively character typically associated with Barbera, this wine from over 825m in the Sierra Foothills offers mixed berry fruits and tart cranberry character. Aromas of bramble berries and oak-driven spice are given over to a palate that comes across as a mouthful of berry fruits. Tart cranberry, ripe blueberries, and early-season blackberries play well together; a kiss of milk chocolate and allspice finish the wine."-Clive Pursehouse read more

Mar 25

93pts, 2022 Chardonnay

We're thrilled to announce our 2022 Chardonnay was awarded 93pts by Wine Enthusiast! read more

Mar 21

92pts, 2022 Estate Grenache

We're excited to announce that our 2022 Estate Grenache was given 92pts by Wine & Spirits Magazine! read more

Apr 27

Top Chardonnay in USA!

2021 selected as one of 30 best Chardonnay's in the US! read more

Apr 10

94pts, Top 100 Rhone Reds 2023

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Aug 17

Lava Cap Selected a Top 100 Winery of the World!

We are excited to announce that Lava Cap was selected as one of the Top 100 Wineries of the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine!  read more

May 10

93pts on 2019 Zinfandel and 91pts on 2020 Sangiovese!

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Feb 15

New Scores for Rhone Wines!

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Nov 29

Years Best US Cabernets

We are excited to announce that our 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon was recognized as one of "this years best US Cabernet and Bordeaux blends" by Wine & Spirits Magazine! The recognition will appear in the December 2021 Edition.

Jul 29

94pts on 2017 Cabernet Franc

Our 2017 Cabernet Franc was awarded 94pts from Wine Enthusiast! read more

Jul 29

92pts on 2019 Sangiovese

Our 2019 Sangiovese was awarded 92pts by Wine Enthusiast! read more

Apr 6

2019 Chardonnay Scores from Wine Enthusiast!

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Nov 18

New Scores from Wine Enthusiast

Great New Scores from Wine Enthusiast! read more

Oct 8

90pts-2019 Sauvignon Blanc!

90pts Wine Enthusiast! read more

Jun 24

Check out our latest Wine Enthusiast Scores from this Summer!

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Jun 9

We are open! Reservations & Masks Required!

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Jul 26

Our Cabernet Sauvignon received some praise from Wine Enthusiast writer Jim Gordon!

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Jul 19

An article on the best things to do in placerville, one of them is visiting Lava Cap!

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Jun 4

Travel California Wine Country's Back Roads this summer!

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May 31

A nice mention, by Jim Gordon in The Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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Jan 8

Our Rose of Dolcetto in the Wine Enthusiast!

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Nov 26

Big Scores with Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

Check out our recent wine writeups and scores in the wine Enthusiast Magazine! read more

Oct 24

A great write up from Jill Barth!

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Oct 24

Yes, we are still owned by the original founding family!

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Feb 2

Recent Awards for Lava Cap!

Lava Cap Scores Big with the Wine Enthusiast and San Francisco Chronicle - Winter 2018! read more

Feb 2

Lava Cap on Air with Tim McNally!

Catch Lava Cap on Air with Tim McNally! read more

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Lava Cap Winery
2221 Fruitridge Road, Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-0175   directions
Tasting Room Hours
10am - 5pm daily (except New Year's Day,
Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve and Christmas)