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Falll 2022

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Autumn in Our Vineyards

In our Estate Vineyards

Fall is by far the busiest time of year in our vine­yards as we are har­vest­ing our 150 acres of bio­dy­nam­ic grapes. Our vine­yard crew hand­picks the grapes from both of our vine­yards overnight, start­ing around 10pm and con­tin­u­ing until day­break. They pick at night to avoid the intense day­time heat and to ensure the grapes arrive at the win­ery cold and in good con­di­tion come morn­ing. They will pick any­where from a cou­ple of tons to up to 25 tons per night, depend­ing on how the grapes are matur­ing and what the weath­er fore­cast looks like. Our vine­yard crew has the impor­tant job of being our first select­ing only the high­est qual­i­ty clus­ters to be turned into wine. 

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Inside our Winery

All our wines are craft­ed through small lot wine­mak­ing in order to cap­ture the indi­vid­u­al­i­ty of each block on both of our vine­yards. As the dif­fer­ent grape vari­eties arrive to the win­ery crush­pad, we keep the var­i­ous blocks, clones, and root­stocks sep­a­rat­ed dur­ing the wine­mak­ing process. We then blend our wines from this col­lec­tion of small lots so that each wine has more depth and dis­tinct lay­ers of flavor.

Our white wines are made by fer­ment­ing grape juice:

1. Grape clus­ters are put direct­ly into the press and pressed for their juice. 

2. The juice is put into stain­less steel tanks/​barrels or old­er oak bar­rels, where it set­tles and is clarified.

3. The fer­men­ta­tion begins slow­ly at a cool tem­per­a­ture, tak­ing between two to four weeks depend­ing on the vari­ety and what it’s fer­ment­ed in.

4. The wine ages for between five to eight months and is then bottled. 

Our red wines are made by fer­ment­ing the grapes them­selves, not the juice:

1. Grape clus­ters are put on a con­vey­er, where they are exam­ined for over­all quality.

2. The clus­ters fall into a destem­mer, which sep­a­rates the berries from the stem, and then the berries fall through a mul­ti-lay­er berry sorter, which takes out jacks and under­ripe berries. 

3. The grapes are put into a box or tank where they will soak for three to five days, depend­ing on the variety.

4. We add some heat to the tank or move the box into the sun­shine, where warmer tem­per­a­tures will kick off 
the fer­men­ta­tion process. 

5. The red grapes fer­ment on the skins in these tanks/​boxes for as lit­tle as 12 days or as many as 21 days. We will pump over the tanks and punch down the box­es one or two times a day in order to break-up and 
sub­merge the cap (grape skins and seeds) into the wine.

6. Once fer­ment­ed to almost dry, we drain the tanks/​boxes in order to get the free run wine, which is the high­est qual­i­ty wine. 

7. The tanks/​boxes are drained into the press and a gen­tle press begins. This first press wine is usu­al­ly com­bined with the free run wine. We con­tin­ue to press the grapes for sev­er­al cycles, until all of the wine has been 

8. The wine is put into oak bar­rels, where it will age for any­where between 10 to 30 months before being 

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Harvest Time

Visit Our Working Winery Estate

The months of Sep­tem­ber and Octo­ber are an incred­i­ble time of year to vis­it our estate in Los Olivos; the vine­yard is full of beau­ti­ful grape clus­ters, and you walk right next to our win­ery crush­pad on your way to the tast­ing room, so you’re bound to see our wine-mak­ing team in action. 

You can book your reser­va­tion here or call us at 8056888664 ext. 200. We are open for wine tast­ings and gaze­bo reser­va­tions dai­ly, and look for­ward to see­ing you soon!

Wines in This Release

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  • 2021 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Viognier

    2021 was a sensational vintage for white grapes on Purisima Mountain, and the Viognier shines brightly. Initially, the nose is packed with inviting aromas of lemon zest, jasmine, and freshly grated ginger. After aeration, fleshier, mouthwatering notes of peaches, candied citrus, Asian pear, and lavender emerge. The wine has great energy and refreshing acidity, but its weight and rich concentration balance the brightness beautifully. The pillowy texture of this nectar flows into a long mineral finish. This is a complete white wine with the structure to continue evolving over the next 5-7 years.

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  • 2020 Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    The warm vintage has brought us a SYV Cabernet that is firing right out of the gate. The fun nose tantalizes with aromas of cherry cordial, red currant, and hibiscus. The palate offers complex layers of juicy dark berries, chocolate truffle, light tobacco, and spruce tips. Fine tannins heighten the flavors but yield to a refreshing finish of wild strawberry, licorice, and forest dew. The flavors will continue to integrate, evolve, and surprise for 15+ years, but it’s a gorgeous wine today.

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  • 2020 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    2020 is a dramatically different Cabernet vintage than we have experienced in several years, and the Estate Cabernet is already plush and inviting, with sturdy tannins acting as a reminder of its youth. Welcoming aromas of cedar, leather, dried herbs, and raspberry jam flow into flavors of dark fruits, pomegranate, and pie cherry. The lively tannins are well-integrated and leave traces of cocoa powder and toasted sage on the palate. Drink from 2023-2045.

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  • 2020 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Block Six Syrah

    Block Six was the first section of Purisima Mountain Vineyard to be farmed biodynamically starting in 2002 and is the highest elevation block in the vineyard featuring significant deposits of chalky limestone. These factors contribute to a wine that has consistently been our finest Syrah bottling.

    This Block Six is a blockbuster! A ripe vintage, the 2020 Block Six Syrah is loaded with juicy dark fruits and dark chocolate. Earth, pepper, and minerality also feature on the nose and palate. The wine is round, elegant, and intense. Very fine tannins carry these enormous flavors through a persistent finish. The 2020 is a classic vintage of Block Six that reminds us of the exceptional 2014 vintage, with a touch more acidity. The 2020 Block Six will age gracefully for the next 20 years.

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