Believing that exceptional wine comes from exceptional grapes and their unique terroir, our grapes are hand-nurtured from the time they are planted, until the grapes are harvested. Our people are committed to creating quality products. Our wines are produced in our hillside facility and stored in an underground cellar.
Winemaking begins in the vineyard. Our grafted vines are dormant prior to planting. Our people hand plant each vine, training them, trimming them at the right time, tucking shoots, pulling leaves, and thinning extra clusters. The extra clusters are removed and then they are crushed and pressed, resulting in tart, delicious verjus. Timing of vineyard work is crucial to producing quality fruit. When the time has come for harvest, each cluster is hand-picked and packed into lugs, and transported to the winery for crushing. When you make extra effort to produce high quality grapes, the result is high quality wine.
Our estate wines come directly from these hand-nurtured grapes. Our winemakers combine traditional wine making methods with technological winemaking equipment. This results in wines that are rich, complex, and full of flavor.
Our red wines begin with fruit harvested at just the right time. Fully-ripened, whole clusters are sent through the crusher and pumped into the fermentation tanks. During fermentation, manual “punch downs” are done twice a day. After fermentation is complete, the wine is cold-stabilized, and then transferred to barrels where it will be aged for 12-18 months.
Our white wines are also made using whole cluster processing. The fruit is sent through the crusher/destemmer and then pressed. The juice is transferred to stainless tanks for fermentation. Depending on the varietal, some wines stay in stainless tanks after cold-stabilization and some wines get transferred to barrels. Our Chardonnay is partially fermented in barrels.
Our underground cellar is used for barrel storage. Temperature and humidity control in the underground building provide French, cave-like conditions for aging our wines.