Pinot Noir is the noble grape. It is an undoubtedly ancient varietal thought by most to be merely a generation or two from its wild ancestors. For over a millennium, its flowery aromas, lasting flavors, and silky textures have brought inspiration and joy. For centuries, Pinot Noir was the grape of the nobility, planted on the best soils in Burgundian France.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are siblings. Chardonnay is the result of a cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc. The Romans brought Gouais Blanc from Illyria to the East of France where it was grown by peasants. The Pinot Noir of the French nobility grew next to the Gouais Blanc, and the varietals cross pollinated to create Chardonnay.
These two siblings willingly reflect the perfections and imperfections of the soil, the sun, the fog, the vineyard manager, and the winemaker. Our belief is that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay should be allowed to express their individuality. Both varietals are meant to stand alone. Their ancient flavors and aromas should not be masked or adulterated with intrusive winemaking.
All of our wines are made from grapes we cultivate in our vineyards. We adhere to our philosophy of balance and simplicity in the vineyard and the winery. Our vineyards are bio-dynamically farmed and our vines are kept in balance. Doing so results in perfectly focused flavors drawn from the soils.
Exquisitely cultivated fruit reaches its greatest potential when allowed to be itself. Our wines are allowed to take their time through fermentation. Fermentation temperatures are kept relatively cool to preserve the natural essence of the fruit. After fermentation our Pinot Noir wines are laid to rest in the highest quality French oak barrels. The Pinot Noir wines are not repeatedly racked or aerated, rather they are allowed to lay peacefully in their barrels with their lees. Our Chardonnay wines are not masked with heavy oak or secondary fermentations. They are briefly aged with their lees and bottled to preserve their freshness, acidity, and balance.