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Who 'gets it?'
This is not the name of a collaborative album between Pete Townshend and Bob Dylan. It is a question I ask myself a lot lately. Our stylistic choices are not ‘stylish.’ Our marketing is not ‘slick.’ But we know what we are trying to do and for whom we are doing it. So thank you. You clearly get it!

2015 marks another early start to the growing season resulting in an early finish. The time on the vines was normal and when the grapes were picked at the right time, the results were stunning. The lighter overall crop reminded me that smaller quantities are easy to do (duh). It was a vintage where five different strategies were required depending on the situation. But space was easy to find for everything coming in and I had time to really enjoy the complexity of the season.

One of the biggest challenges was that there were a majority of small, fragile seedless berries that can evaporate in the heat right at the moment of ripeness, so one had to be prompt to nail it. In our area it is typical to have a few very warm days interspersed between several very cool, foggy days. All that was needed really was to time things so the most fragile berries did not get cooked in the next hot cycle. Consequently, I am finding very low pH’s and bright acidities. There is little bitterness because there were very few seeds (which is where the majority of bitterness originates). It was a perfect year to forget about numbers and simply use common sense, taste grapes and extrapolate the outcome.

In this offering we have lots of new wines that really represent the diversity of what Sonoma County offers us. I can’t think of anywhere else in the world I would really want to live and make wine in. When I am dead tired and struggling to keep everything going here, all I have to do is remind myself how lucky I am to be here doing what I enjoy on my own terms. What is not to get about that?

New Releases:
  • 2014 Dry Rose' of Syrah
  • 2013 Helfer Vineyard Chardonnay
  • 2012 'Old Vine' Centennial Zinfandel
  • 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2011 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2011 'Huntsman' Red Wine
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above: Inspecting Syrah clusters at the Calypso Vineyard during harvest 2007.
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