Winemaking

Process and Technique

Winemaking decisions and styles are dictated by the vineyard sites, but there are steps and processes that we do because we believe in their importance in helping us achieve a proper representation of these sites. Here are some of those steps.

Yeast

We allow our wines to ferment with natural (or wild) yeasts rather than adding a single freeze-dried selection bought from a lab.

Yield

Low yields take the place of enzymes and chemical additions.

Sorting

Meticulous farming practices prevail over a magic sorting table.

Stems

We believe in the inclusion of stems during primary fermentation on certain varieties because that's how the most authentic wines we have had from these varieties were made.

Balance

Pump-overs and punch-downs are done manually (if at all) and are designed to extract a balance of tannins and fruit.

Truth

Most importantly, in order to keep each varietal as true to itself as possible, we pride ourselves in handling each and every variety of grapes we work with completely differently from fermentation to bottling.

Barrels

Our white wines are fermented and raised in a combination of concrete, stainless steel and old neutral French oak barrels. While we try not to lavish the whites with new oak, it isn't uncommon for us to have one or two new barrels in the mix.

Skins

We ferment a few of our white varieties on their skins — a natural, ancient method called maceration peliculaire that adds depth, tannin richness and texture.

Stability

We never inoculate for secondary fermentation, nor do we block secondary fermentations in our white wines, they seem to find their own way of stabilizing themselves naturally.

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