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It is the concept of balance that drives our winemaking. Balance is elusive; when it happens, it is alluring. We make wines without pretense and the quality speaks for itself. The wines’ quality comes from the vineyards, the appellations, from which they are made. We take care to let that sense of place and time show in the finished wine.
We make wines that I love to drink, wines with balance and delicacy. Meaning wines where the power of the fruit is balanced by delicacy in the mouth. I want the wines to taste good, feel good, and integrate seamlessly with the experience of dining or enjoying a glass all on its own, but ultimately become part of the memory with family and friends.
For me, wine is about the feeling it invokes; it takes me to a place, a song, a memory, a story. By the way, I love stories; I want to hear yours someday.
Opposite Day Rosé of RRV Pinot Noir
Ballerina slipper pink. Aromas of lime, bright cherry, strawberry and quince with a hint of orange blossom. Fresh and firm on the palate giving lingering zest, delicate rhubarb and strawberry with a delightful crisp finish. 2019 was an ideal vintage with fresh forward fruit flavors.
This One Mad Act, 2019 RRV Chardonnay
Brilliant straw color. Aromas immediately lend a lemon citrus core with tree fruits of pear and crisp apple lined with a floral note of gardenia. The grapes are from the Martinelli and Barnwell Vineyard. French oak is balanced and integrated with hints of brioche and toast. On the palate there is a focused purity in acidity and round mouth feel with minerality and crispness. The finish is refreshing and leaves an elegant lingering mouth feel.
Stop Talking… 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Savignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark ruby color. The aromas brood with hints of currant, cedar, dust, roasted coffee and plum. The mid palate is complex; the mouth feel has ample weight with plum, black currant and vanilla. French oak aging elevates the wine with spice tones. Tannins are balanced and refined. The wine finishes with long rich flavors. Enjoy now or cellar for 10+ years.
CRU 9th Power 2016
Penetrating smells and flavors, long finish. Sweet tobacco, ripe red currant, dark chocolate, brown spices, bing cherry, wet stone.
2018 RRV Pinot Noir, Not Today…
Because She is Clothed with Strength and Dignity and She Laughs Without Fear of the Future. Dedicated to My Sisters
Opulent ruby-garnet color. The aromas are layered with Bing cherry, raspberry and plum and soft floral notes surrounded by subtle spice from integrated French oak barrel aging. On the palate, the acidity is firm and balanced with fine-grained tannins and weight with a silky mouth feel. The finish is long and invites another sip.