There are so many facets to winemaking, but more than anything else, it's about farming. Before grapes ever make it to the winery, they must be carefully cultivated, which is why I believe it's incredibly important to be involved in the entire process from start to finish. For me that means managing my own fruit, making decisions about when and how much to prune, determining what kind of trellising systems to use, how much to irrigate, and, most importantly, deciding when to pick. It's a tremendous effort for a small operation like ours, but I think having complete control over the fruit lets us produce a better wine.
Likewise, in the cellar, we meticulously double-sort our fruit before and after crush so that only the finest selections make it into our wines. In terms of style, we believe it's important to create wines that will be an integral part of enjoying a meal, which is why we're diligent about picking our fruit at the optimal moment in order to keep alcohol levels down. This lets us offer more graceful, well-balanced wines that aren't over extracted.