United States, California

Established 1994

We are fanatical in our protection of the vineyard flavor and are determined not to let any overt winemaking components mute the personality of an individual site. In the cellar, we vinifiy each wine separately by block, clone and barrel type in order to maximize the individual components and provide greater complexity to the final blend. This approach also provides us with much more flexibility in crafting a wine using only the best and most harmonious lots. Given that the majority of our wines are single vineyard offerings, it is critical for us to maintain the site’s individual character in order to provide you with a truly diverse offering of wines. To that end: We believe in minimal intervention, “gentle” winemaking. In other words, whenever possible we let the wine make itself. We do not want to do anything to the wine that isn’t absolutely necessary. We believe in bottling our wines unfiltered and unfined. In the vast majority of cases we have been able to achieve this, with only a handful being filtered and no Pinots ever being fined. We avoid these techniques as we believe they have the potential to strip a wine of its flavor. We believe that the best Pinot Noir expresses its origins. Our goal is not to produce the world’s best Pinot Noir but rather to produce the very best Pinot Noir from a given site.