Aril Wines is our passion and

we’re glad to share it with you


Founded in 2008 by Harmon and Joanne Brown, Aril wines is a family-owned and operated vineyard specializing in premium hand-crafted Syrah. Our wines are in the Rhone style and recall the grape’s classic lineage as the wine of Provence, enjoyed by French kings. Aril also produces a limited amount of Cabernet Sauvignon rich in the Napa Valley tradition from our estate on Pritchard Hill.

Aril wines are a unique experience that will satisfy even the harshest of critics; the journey from the vine to the bottle occurs through nature, not process, delivering a subtle, rich taste. Our grapes are grown in the cool air of four renowned locations: the estate vineyard in the Pritchard Hill area, the rocky soils of Atlas Peak, Kick Ranch and Walker Vine Hill in the Russian River area. We believe the less we have to do with the grapes, the better. With less interference, the true nature of the vineyard comes through, creating a balanced and rich wine.”

We believe our wines offer a unique experience that is as good at the start as it is at the finish. These are wines best enjoyed during a long evening with friends.


The history of Aril wines is a love story. A love story about a beautiful little vineyard perched above the Napa Valley. And a love story about a wine that changed their lives.

Joanne and Harmon met in Telluride, Colorado, where he was running a popular restaurant, and she was heavily involved in the Telluride Foundation. They began to talk of food and wine, and then of many other things. What started as a romance grew into a strong partnership and a dream. Harmon had run a winery in Napa, and Joanne had always loved the classic Syrahs of the Rhone Valley and Provence…wines enjoyed by connoisseurs and French Kings.

The dream grew into reality via a small property in the hills above the Napa Valley with just a tiny block of the finest Syrah vines. As a symbol for the winery, Joanne selected the pomegranate tree that they planted there in the garden. Aril is the deeply red cover of the seeds of the pomegranate, a color that Joanne finds in the heart of their Syrahs.

The wines are not products, but journeys from the vine to the bottle, and each journey is a unique experience to be enjoyed with friends and loved ones.

Aril is our passion, and we are pleased to share it with the world.

After graduating from Stanford, Harmon worked on Wall Street, and then combined his business and creative passions to co-found Floramerica, which soon became the world’s largest grower and exporter of flowers. Drawn back to California’s wine culture, Harmon served as president of Spottswoode Winery in the Napa Valley from 1981 to 1987.

He later moved to Telluride, Colorado, where he first managed a restaurant and then opened his own: Harmon’s. It became a culinary and social hub for the town.

Today Harmon dedicates himself to Aril wines, his marriage to Joanne, and several philanthropic endeavors. He serves on the board of the Telluride Foundation, which funds a variety of education, kids’ athletics, child care and social service organizations. He is also actively involved with the Telluride Film Festival and Wounded Warriors.

Aril’s success is driven by Joanne’s attention to detail and her love of Syrah. As the creator of a high-end fashion boutique, a noted real estate developer, and a former math teacher, Joanne combines a love of style and fashion with a no-nonsense approach to Aril’s business development. The outline of the pomegranate tree featured on the Aril wines label represents Joanne and Harmon’s view of the brand: the beauty and success that come from a new start.

Born in the mining town of Taylorville, Illinois, Joanne attended the University of Illinois, where she studied math and psychology and developed a love of computer programming. She later taught math in the suburbs of Chicago and spent time working for Charles E. Merrill Publishing as an editor of math textbooks.

Joanne has served on the board of the Telluride Foundation for fourteen years, including serving eight years on its executive committee and four years as its chairwoman. She is also active in the Telluride Film Festival and other charitable work, including a resource center for battered women, humane societies, and organizations that provide health and dental care to Latino workers and youth.

Eric Stiefeling is the Managing Director for Aril wines. Born in New York City, he developed a love for wine after moving to California in the mid-1980s. He is a past president of the Golden Gate Wine Society, and the wine director for the Pine Creek Sporting Club in Okeechobee, Florida. Making frequent trips to Napa Valley, Eric soon became a fixture at commercial wine tastings.

Prior to his pursuits in the wine industry, Eric worked in the securities industry at Chapdelaine and Company, a municipal bond brokerage firm in New York, before joining Rauscher, Pierce, Refsnes Inc. in San Francisco. At the age of 26, Eric’s entrepreneurial spirit gave him his first taste of the food and drink world when he purchased The Attic. He turned that small restaurant in New York into a thriving business.

In addition to his work at Aril, Eric remains active in the Napa Valley’s wine culture. He served as Chairman of the Beverage Committee for Auction Napa Valley in 2010 and co-chaired the organization’s Barrel Auction for Auction in 2014.

A Classical Archaeology/Art History major in college, Ehren Jordan is now one of the most respected winemakers in California. He was named “Winemaker of the Year 2008” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and in the same year his Failla Phoenix Ranch Syrah was named as “Wine of the Year” by the Wine Enthusiast.

Ehren started his career in wine as a tour guide for Joseph Phelps Vineyards, where he quickly worked his way into a sales position. He first learned winemaking from Jean-Luc Colombo in Cornas, and then joined Bruce Neyers as his partner and winemaker in the new winery. While at Neyers, Ehren moonlighted at Marcassin with Helen Turley, and that led to a position as assistant winemaker for Turley Wine Cellars. He was eventually named winemaker and assumed the positions of Viticulturalist and General Manager. In 2013 he left Turley Wine Cellars to devote full-time to Failla and his wine consulting business, including Aril Wines.

He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Anne-Marie Failla, and has two lovely daughters, Audrey and Vivien. When he is not making wine or spending time with his family, he is flying his airplane.


Okie, Bravo, and Maggie
Field testers for the grapes before harvest


Complex, balanced and honest,

with personalities that reveal with time.

Aril wines are a unique experience that will satisfy even the most demanding critics; the journey from the vine to the bottle occurs through nature, not process, delivering an experience both rich and subtle.

  • 2011 Estate Syrah

    2011 Estate Syrah

    The 2011 growing season was a bit colder than normal and presented a bit of a challenge. The wine shows remarkably well with hints of blueberry, licorice and black olives. The finish is quite long.

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  • 2012 Atlas Peak Syrah

    2012 Atlas Peak Syrah

    Atlas Peak 2012 Syrah is rich in aromas of blueberry, blackberry jam, herbs and a hint of espresso roast. Classic "Rhone" aromas of Syrah. The palate is beautifully balanced with dark berry fruits, violet, hints of white pepper and spice. Medium tannins and a long finish make this an elegant wine. Best in Class LA International Wine Competition, 95 Points, Gold Medal. 200 cases produced.

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  • 2012 Estate Syrah

    2012 Estate Syrah

    A big, rich, brooding wine with aromas of black raspberries, blueberries, pepper, and star anise. Well structured with nice fleshy tannins. Not a shy wine. This is a wine that can be cellared for a number of years.

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  • 2016 Estate Cabernet

    2016 Estate Cabernet

    The 2013 Estate Cabernet is a bold, layered, young wine offering generous fruit enveloping great structure. Showing bright red and blackberry flavors with crushed currants, a touch of cedar, and tobacco on the nose; it continues onto the palate with a supple, fleshy texture that is lifted by vibrant acidity. The finish lingers with firm, yet integrated tannins. It is will cellar well over the years as well as pair well with food now.

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  • 2017 Kick Ranch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

    2017 Kick Ranch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

    From our growing partner on the western hillside of Spring Mountain separating Sonoma and Napa Counties. Kick Ranch Vineyard has an amazing mix of volcanic and rocky soils that contribute a rich minerality. This is a truly vibrant, complex expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, and candied grapefruit zest explode from the glass. The fleshy, but structured palate adds notes of tangerine, lime, and wet stone culminating in a lengthy, subtly savory finish.

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  • 2014 Kick Ranch Syrah

    2014 Kick Ranch Syrah

    Considered a benchmark vineyard for Rhone varietals in Sonoma, this medium weight Syrah shows well with soft tannins. On the nose, blackberry fruit mingles with savory herbs, olive notes and wet earth. On the palate, the bold body adds cherry and raspberry, white pepper and a hint of sassafrass buoyed by vibrant acidity. A classic combination of old world inspiration meeting California fruit. This wine expresses ripeness, complex aromatics and great structure. Decant it now or cellar it for several years.

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  • 2015 "Pinot Hill" Pinot Noir

    2015 “Pinot Hill” Pinot Noir

    This luscious, sophisticated wine comes from a dry-farmed vineyard in the Sebastopol Hills area of the Sonoma Coast AVA. The soils of Gold Ridge loam and Los Osos clay run deep. Dark in color, the wine shows aromas of black cherry, cassis, boysenberry and some floral scents. The palate is bright with a hint of jam and figs that leads to a lingering finish. Great structure and good tannins will provide this wine with long age ability.

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  • 2014 Walker Vine Hill Vineyard Syrah

    2014 Walker Vine Hill Vineyard Syrah

    Located just west of the heart of RRV, this vineyard’s conditions of varying vine age and soil depth have proven ideal for Syrah. On the nose you will find blueberry and cherry mixed with currants, clove, olive and smoked meat. The palate is densely constructed with velvety tannins and a long full finish. This wine should age well.

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  • 2014 Estate Petit Verdot

    2014 Estate Petit Verdot

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  • 2014 Estate Cabernet

    2014 Estate Cabernet

    The nose is classic Napa Valley, filled with juicy blackberries, rich cocoa, cassis, and some wispy notes of fresh violets. Density and concentration sum up the palate nicely as tight-grained tannin is interwoven among layers of fresh raspberry, and hazelnut. These transition to a subtle richness of molasses and fig that’s almost chewy enough to sink your teeth into. The finish is seamless and complementary to the palate with Earl Grey tea, and bright, refreshing acidity that should pair equally well with light fare or hardy cuisine.

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  • 2015 Estate Cabernet

    2015 Estate Cabernet

    This Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is every bit what you would expect from winemaker Ehren Jordan. On the palate, a classic Calistoga fruit density and latent weight on the palate along with fine-grained tannins that have just begun to slowly integrate with the rich, dark fruit of the vintage. The texture and mouthfeel of the wine build on the transition to the finish, which strikes a fine balance between the subtle acidity lingering just below the surface and the concentration of the fruit and tannins.

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  • 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet -- <span class="soldoutclass" style="color:red">SOLD OUT</span>

    2015 Napa Valley Cabernet — SOLD OUT

    Fresh raspberries starts off the nose with red fruits punctuated by rich strawberry jam, and bolstered by vanilla, black pepper, and violets. It is a bold, layered wine offering generous fruit enveloping great structure. Showing notes of blackberry, dried currants, mocha, it continues onto the palate with a supple texture that is lifted by vibrant acidity. The finish lingers with young, yet integrated tannins and dusty earth. It will cellar for 10+ years or pair very well with food now.

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  • 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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In keeping with the tradition of retaining our wines until we feel that they are ready to be consumed, we are proud to announce the release of our estate wines for 2011 and 2012 vintages. These special wines from Pritchard Hill have been treated with the utmost respect and care. They were hand harvested at the peak of perfection and fermented with minimal interference in order to allow the true nature of the vineyard to show through. We are very proud to announce the release of our first Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate and our 2011 and 2012 Estate Syrahs.

10% discount on purchases of full cases, including mixed cases.

Purchased wine can be packaged and shipped in total quantities of 1,2,3 or 4 bottles or half and full cases only. Larger purchases will be packaged and shipped separately.

All wine sales are consummated at the Aril vineyard in St. Helena and are therefore subject to Napa County sales tax of 7.75%. Use the Shopping Cart only to purchase wine that you would like to ship using the services of Eagle Rock Fulfillment. If you would prefer to purchase wine and pick it up yourself, please contact us at Packaging and shipping by Eagle Rock Fulfillment is arranged on behalf of the purchasers solely for their convenience. Purchased wine can be packaged and shipped in total quantities of one, two, three or four bottles or half and full cases only. Larger purchases will be packaged and shipped separately. Packaging and shipping costs are determined exclusively by Eagle Rock Fulfillment and Aril wines does not mark up the shipping costs in any way. Shipping costs include insurance purchased from the carrier. Shipments to Alabama will only be delivered to the nearest ABC store and need to be picked up there.

  • Aril Atlas Peak Syrah 2010

    Aril’s 2010 Syrah bursts from the glass with the essence of blackberry jam, tapenade, smoke and incense, all in a voluptuous style that is quite appealing. Darker hints of tar and grilled herbs add richness on the weighty finish. With a little more attention to cooperage, this could be a meaningfully better wine, but it is impressive just the same. Anticipated maturity 2013-2018.

    Wine Advocate - April 2013
  • Aril Atlas Peak Syrah 2009

    From a rugged vineyard above the Napa Valley floor comes this divine illustration of the potential of California Syrah. Aril’s full bodied Atlas Peak bottling shows classic aromas of dark cherry, mineral and earth; its acidity and structure combine to create a fine, complex harmony of flavor in something like the traditional style of the Northern Rhone (particularly the Cote-Rotie). Though the use of oak is judicious, the wine still achieves a signature smoky meatiness. Only 190 cases were produced, but it’s positively worth seeking out.

    Sommelier Magazine - April 15, 2013
  • Aril Atlas Peak Syrah 2009

    The cool vintage has brought out a tannic earthiness, as well as a blast of black pepper that makes the blackberry fruit tingly on the tongue. It’s a complicated, individualistic wine, and you might want to cellar it for up to six years and see what happens. Wine Enthusiast - April 2012

  • Aril Estate Syrah 2009

    This is a lovely, gentle Syrah for drinking now with upscale fare. It’s soft in both tannins and acids, making it velvety in the mouth, and the blackberry, cassis and mocha flavors are, in a word, delicious.

    Wine Enthusiast - April 2012
  • Aril Atlas Peak Syrah 2008

    Displays a rustic, earthy minerality along with supple plum and black cherry fruit that’s complex and layered, turning delicate despite its structured earthiness. Drink now through 2022.

    Wine Spectator - January 31, 2011

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