There's been a lot of talk about terroir. It's a French word used to describe the special characteristics that a particular vineyard site will bestow upon the wine produced from its fruit. The site's unique soil, slope and sun exposure combine in a peculiar and alluring alchemy to ensure that this wine will taste unlike any other. It is this mystical melding of place and varietal that the winemaker seeks.
While terroir is a fascinating concept that captures the attention of wine aficionados the world over, the truth of the matter is that fine winemaking is both an art and a science. Our winemakers look to California's cool coastal mountains, ridges, hillsides and benchlands – where the vineyards produce the richest, most intensely flavored grapes. At the winery, they use artisan winemaking techniques to capture all the flavor, aroma and varietal character of the fruit – essentially capturing the terroir in the bottle.