Our Vineyards

The most important decision for making delicious wine is the vineyard source. What goes into, and what makes a vineyard special, is more than its ability to create a good wine.

The vineyards we enjoy most are the ones that have great people behind them, and great processes for managing their vineyards. So much communication and trust goes into farming. As a result, the places where we develop the best relationships usually result in the best wine.

Another important aspect with our chosen vineyards is variety, where the California Central Coast has so much to offer. Whether that is the coastal vineyards of Santa Lucia Highlands or Santa Rita Hills, or the limestone rich sites of westside Paso Robles, and everything in between. Our goal is to exploit all it has to contribute.

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Vineyard Designation

With a base idea and an open mind we were introduced to exceptional vineyards up and down the California Central Coast. The objective then became acquainting ourselves with the unique sites that have the most to say, and to do our best to tell their story.

This approach can only excel if we pay close attention to, and learn to work in harmony with these premium locations. In the cellar this same philosophy of “keeping an open mind” crosses over, where our game plan is simple and minimalist. When you pay attention to the grapes, they tell you what they need. It’s never the other way around.

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Purposeful Blending

Some wines are meant to be blended, to contribute to a greater good. In fact, an enjoyable aspect of winemaking is the experimentation requisite with blending trials that leads to the finished product, obsessing over just the right amount of this and that. When blending, our focus is to start with great vineyard sources, and to create a resulting wine that is even better than the individual vineyard sources, whether through co-fermentation or blending. At harvest most decisions are made on the fly, after “listening” to what the grapes are telling us from the vineyard. For instance, co-fermentation of independent lots, a technique we often employ for certain vineyard sites, can be rewarding because the result can yield increased complexity and flavor integration. For those lots we choose to keep independent through fermentation, we use ongoing blending trials throughout the year as the wine evolves in the barrel. These blending trials allow us to get properly acquainted with our wines to ensure they end up with proper mates.

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