hile the Carneros climate provides an amazing array of flavors and textures, it is in the winery that this palette of flavors is truly expressed. We are fortunate that our vineyards are in the heart of one of the most celebrated appellations in the world. Each and every step of our winemaking process is designed to articulate the exceptional character of Carneros fruit.
Pinot Noir is an alluring challenge for winemakers. Capable of producing plush, spicy, complex wines, it is also extremely finicky in the vineyard. We work with up to 25 different clones of Pinot Noir, each offering a subtly different expression of the varietal. Capturing the rich, complex flavors of Carneros fruit in our red wine is an exercise in subtleties; a delicate task that is as much about what we don’t do as what we do.
Carneros Chardonnays are famous for lively citrus, green apple and tropical (pineapple) flavors. The long, cool growing season in Carneros gives Chardonnay fruit tremendously long “hang time” on the vine. Cooler temperatures also allow the fruit to retain a firm acid structure while developing varietal character. White wines obtain their framework from acidity while red wines obtain theirs from a combination of tannins and acid. But wines such as this are not forced into existence. Rather, they are coaxed along gently, using just the right amount of winemaking technique to allow the unique flavors to express themselves.