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Pinot Grapes

An optimal growing site, our estate vineyard is located in the middle of Northern Santa Rita Hills on the 246 corridor, between Foley and Melville.  We farm Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Syrah.

We believe that 95% of winemaking occurs in the vineyard.

Premium wine cannot be made without exceptional grapes.  We aim to farm the highest quality grapes by closely monitoring our maturing vines and grapes.  Our initial selection of varietals and clones was based on extensive soil samples.  Vines form a partnership with the earth.  We strive to extract much of what the earth so freely offers into our wines.

Yields are reduced to attain vine balance and to extract the maximum concentration of flavor compounds as the berries develop.  We deficit irrigate to stress our vines to obtain the maximum level of phenolic compounds that our grapevines have to offer.  Leaves are pulled to expose berries to maximum sunlight exposure.  We drop shoulders, green fruit and second crop.  We bring compost into our vineyard and till our cover crops back into the ground to put nutrients back into the soil - without adding fertilizer.  Not only do we need to be good stewards of the grapes, we need to be good stewards to the land as well.  The two are very symbiotic.  The utmost care and attention is given to our vineyard to insure the highest quality fruit possible.

Our grapes are currently purchased by Paul Lato, Tyler Winery, Transcendence, and Dragonette Cellars among others.