Given over six decades of experience with this land, a style for our winemaking has evolved and allows our winemakers to let the vineyard produce great quality wines. They do not interfere with the wine until required.
We have found that less is more when wanting our vineyards to shine through in the wine. For Chardonnay, we work with a conservative hand in the use of French oak barrels and malolactic fermentation. With Pinot Noir, fermentation is kept at cooler temperatures with an extended maceration, and a moderate use of oak barrels; aging half the wine in new oak and half the wine in one-year old barrels. We find this mindful use of oak barrel aging builds the richness while bringing forward the subtle complexities of our fruit.
A hallmark of great wine that we embody is the wine’s age-worthiness. Our winemaking techniques support the development of intensity, structure, and balance in our wines that are required for longevity. One of the single most important decisions in our winemaking, however, is to know the optimal moment to pick this exquisite fruit and then listen closely to what the wine is asking of us as we work through each and every vintage.