We met Luis in the fall of 2017. Every day that we walk the vineyard with him, he reaffirms his commitment to treat our grapes with the love and attention they need to be their very best. We are currently working with Luis to redevelop certain blocks of the vineyard including a doubling of our Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon acreage in 2018 and potentially expanded production of Pinot Noir in the coming years.
Luis has enjoyed tending plants since first working at nurseries as a teenager. Luis completed his formal viticulture education in 2012 while working for North Pacific Vineyard Management. In 2016, Luis went on his own with the establishment of Miranda Vineyard Management.
We’ve enjoyed getting to know winemakers who are as excited about our fruit as we are. We aim to work with people we like as life is short and this should be fun. We’re pleased by the winemaking friends we have and we look forward to making new friends in the years to come.
We provide 100% of the fruit for Smith Story’s Lakota’s View Semillon. In April, 2018, Antonio Galloni, founder of Vious Media, noted: “Smith Story’s 2016 Semillon Lakota’s View is powerful and also quite distinctive, with a good deal of phenolic intensity that gives the wine its distinctive feel. Tangerine, almond, mint and lightly honeyed nores all open up in the glass, but it is the wine’s hillside character and structure that stand out most.”
Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc
We are also an important ingedient in Smith’s Story’s Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc. As Galloni says: “The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is fabulous. Rich, layered and also quite structured, the Sauvignon Blanc exudes character. There is so much to like in the 2016. Above all else, Smith Story’s Sauvignon Blanc is full of personality. Varietal notes are nicely delineated, but not at all overpowering. Stony and floral notes add brightness throughout.”
Anaba first purchased our Syrah in 2017 for their flagship Turbine Red, Rhone Blend as well as a new red fortified red wine. Wine makers Ross Cobb and Katy Wilson received 90+ point scores for the 2014 and 2015 Turbine Red. We are excited to be a part of the Anaba wine program.
Anaba was named for the anabatic winds that bring cooling air from the Pacific Ocean and the San Pablo Bay which slows the ripening process and helps grapes develop more robust flavors. Anaba also harnesses this wind through use of a 45 foot wind turbine which powers many of the winery’s operations.
In 2018, we developed a new relationship with Forth Vineyards in Dry Creek. Gerry and his team will be producing vineyard designated bottlings of our syrah and merlot. With over well over a year in barrel, these wines won’t be released until 2020 or beyond, but given the quality of Gerry’s other wines, we can’t wait to taste the fuit of our collective labors!
Syrah and Merlot
Forth Vineyards is focused on producing beautiful and age worthy wines where most of the work is done in the vineyard. They practice minimal intervention after harvest – a process that let’s the grapes tell the story of their vineyard home. We strive to sell our grapes to winemakers we like and who make wine we like to drink; we’ve found a perfect match with Gerry and the team at Forth Vineyards.
Banshee has been buying our pinot for use in their Sonoma County Pinot Noir. We are currently exploring single clone fermentation for the 2018 harvest.
We are considering expanding our production of pinot noir in coming years depending on winery demand.
Starting in 2018, Brehm Vineyards will be helping us with the distribution of our fruit across North America. Peter Brehm shares our love of merlot and we hope this new partnership will allow us to find great homes for our high quality fruit.
In addition to new relationships with Forth and Brehm Vineyards, in 2018, we decided to make two barrels of merlot for release under the Pigasus label. For more information on this exciting new project of love, please see the Happenings page.