Mike Lucia is the root in Rootdown, a truly homegrown Healdsburgundian who has dedicated his life to getting down with wine. His own label began in 2016- the culmination of years of dedication, first at the Fresno State Enology program and then making wine for Copain, Goldeneye, and consulting for small, premium brands. He began with a few bottlings dedicated mostly to rosé craft, but he has expanded to a repertoire of 9 wines along with two new labels, “Cole” and “Esokay.”
Rootdown focuses on single-vineyard, varietally-correct wines that lead with terroir transparency rather than the overtly fruity norms. With his wife and partner Jill, Mike acquired the Cole Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino last year (itself its very own wee AVA), and is planting it mostly to Savoie varieties- Jacquere, Altesse and Mondeuse- hoisting that REBEL GRAPE SOCIETY flag high up on his mountaintop. He takes an organic approach to viticulture, and a curiosity-centric approach to winemaking, always playing with “What if?” All while getting down to the root of the matter: soil, terroir, and expanding varietal potential.