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The vintage of a wine is a story in a bottle; the story of the journey of the growing season from bud break to harvest, with the last 30 days before harvest being the most meaningful. However, the weather during flowering has a larger effect on quantity and quantity and is often the first indicator for quality.  Every year I try to capture the voice of the vintage.  Knowing my sites well, I use my tools wisely, from crop thinning to irrigation, to bring out intensity and grace.

Ideally the wine is made in the vineyard, meaning that as the fruit comes in, our job is to destem and ferment the juice, making sure the process runs smoothly until the young wine is finally aging in hand selected oak barrels.  But in some years the cellar work is our last resource to bring out the best of the vintage. That is  why the full journey from vineyard to bottle is so meaningful.

2014: The even ripening offered us fruit that was balanced, elegant and playful.  No edges or curves, just delicious.

2015: Uneven weather at flowering caused a modest set and smaller berries which is always an indicator for more tannins. The 2015s do have curves and edges. While delicious now, they want you to take time and give them some air, and will reward us in years to come. They have a lot of concentration that will continue to resolve with additional time in the bottle.

2016 blessed us with another near-perfect growing season. The vintage was eerily reminiscent of 2014: an early season starting with an early bud break and flowering. The vineyards brought the goods and we were able to capture them. I think the 2016s are accessible and serious. They are elegant and structured.

Enjoy three unique vintages now and see the site through the lens of the growing season. Cheers! –Anne Moller Racke

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2015 Pinot Noir
King Ridge Vineyard

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2015 Chardonnay
Laceroni Vineyard

Russian River
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2016 Pinot Noir
1861 Vineyard

Sonoma Valley
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