I love this place, I love this vineyard, and never have I felt more in awe of Mother Earth and the magical processes of nature to not need us at all. We are here to groom, but we are not necessary. This is a humbling awareness. This place is wild and glorious in its neglect.
I’m watching the world unfurl, but I’m also watching it come back together in ways I never thought possible. I open up my special occasion wines now, knowing that every day I am alive and healthy is a very special occasion.
I’m also finding comfort in my village, my children, baking, crafting, virtual happy hours, on line lessons, and having late night blending trials alone in my kitchen, or with Alison on Zoom. I have realized I am a really thorough housekeeper, I love to vacuum, and I am fantastic at lawn mowing (okay, okay….fantastic-ish). I miss hugs, greeting a stranger, gathering around the table with friends, visiting my parents who are older, and making plans to travel to a land far away full of vineyards I’ve never seen, and winegrowers I haven’t yet met. I look forward to that.
I finished pruning in March, a little late, but a big job for two hands. The vines are alive and flourishing, and we’ve begun shoot thinning. We had late rains this year, but we were happy to welcome them. Some cold nights, followed by the gradual warm up. Spring is in full bloom, and it’s beginning to feel like summer around here. And with that change in season, we are thrilled to introduce our new wines.
If I may, I’d like to take you back in time to 2017, when we were hugging, and high-fiving strangers, and heading to the bar to order by the glass. Our first vintage of Syrah was born, and it was love at first punchdown. It is a magical potion full of plum, tart black cherry, nutmeg, violets, fresh pine, and black pepper. There’s a smokiness, an earthy quality, and a lift of orange peel and cardamom courtesy of its field blend lover, Malvasia Bianca.
Next, I'd like to introduce you to our 2019 Graciano. This partially carbonic wine is like biting into a crunchy berry. Aromas and flavors of bright red fruit, cherry cola, raspberry jam, clove and violets are perfect chilled down and paired with your summer BBQ.
Last, but not least is our Rosé. We like to call it the "Blanc de Rosé." Waiting for this to be released has felt at times a bit like waiting on Santa Clause to arrive. The color is intentionally light, an ode to the Provencal style. The incredibly giving and open aromatics remind us of the first day of Spring, with hints of wild strawberries, honeysuckle, orange blossom. Although she's a very easy drinker, there’s a serious side to this bad girl. Drink this as soon as you get it in your hands. Even if it’s breakfast, as long as it's sunny.
From the bottom of my heart, no, from the bottom of my tippy toes, I thank you for your genuine interest in our project.
As Confucius said, “everywhere you go, go with all your heart.” These are the words I try to live by. We live on this organic, and very loved piece of Earth, and we give it all of our hearts. We grow wine, with curiosity and reverence.
Every harvest, we try to make a tiny bit more wine than we did the previous, with the intention of slow growth and true learning. At this moment, we make a very small amount of wine, Alison and I. We are looking forward to sharing our wine with all of you one day in the future.
Take care of yourselves, and each other.
With love and gratitude,