Mike Lucia is the root in Rootdown, a truly homegrown Healdsburgundian who dedicates his life to getting down with wine. His label began in 2016 from a culmination of years of dedication, beginning at the Fresno State Enology program, then making wine for Copain, Goldeneye, and consulting for small, premium brands.
Rootdown began as a few bottlings dedicated mostly to rosé, and expanded to a repertoire of 9 wines along with two new labels, “Cole” and “Esokay.” They focus on single-vineyard, varietal wines that get down to the root of the matter: soil, terroir, and expanding California’s diverse grape potential.
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. The St Amant vineyard is at the base of another set of mountains, the Sierra Nevada in Amador County. The Trousseau is planted in granitic sand, making for a lively and colorful expression of the Bastardo.