Our journey into wine began with a love of wine and an appreciation of the places that create unique wines. In the early 1990’s wine quality exploded higher in Sonoma and Napa. It was an exciting time to be a consumer of wines from Northern California and a great time to come and meet the vintners who were responsible for these inspiring new wines. In 1998, when we started looking for a vineyard site, a great friend of mine said to me, “Flanagan, go look in Sonoma….the ground is just as good and Napa is all picked over.” I took his advice and in 1999 we found our (unplanted) vineyard in Sonoma County, located in an area called Bennett Valley. A combination of volcanic soils, steep slopes, south aspect, and abundant maritime influence made the site a perfect choice for growing world class grapes.
To create a balanced, healthy vineyard in a site that has both a marginal climate for Cabernet and, extremely low vigor soils, requires a tremendous amount of handwork. This is truly a labor of love. The crop yields from this extraordinary site will never make sense relative to the farming costs. And yet we believe we have something special; a place that captures the essence of what makes wine intriguing.
We are committed to producing wines that reflect the integrity and distinctiveness of our site and that exemplify what we love about wine.
At the end of the day, we are making wines we love to drink from a place we love to be.
We welcome you in joining us.