2014 Napa Valley Red Wine
Great wine demands thoughtful decisions at every stage of the process, from planning a vineyard through bottling. All of this is the result of attentive care, not just passively working a vineyard site, and certainly not leaving nature to its own devices in the cellar. I believe it’s just common sense to heed 3,000 years of hard-earned winemaking lessons.
Indigenous yeasts? Sure. Responsible farming practices? Absolutely. But humans make wine; nature makes vinegar. So I spend lots of time contemplating the details, considering the conditions of the vintage, looking at best practices, and drawing upon decades of cellar experience to create wines perfectly ripe, with nuance, grace, fine texture, balanced structure, charming aromatics.