Our watershed wine moment happened in the 1990s, when we first tasted Alvaro Palacios’ single-vineyard “L’Ermita” Garnacha blend. Our Sonoma winemaking colleague Marimar Torres was kind enough to introduce us to the Priorat New Wave enólogos whose wines we admired. We toured their vineyards and dreamed of vinifying similarly striking Grenache in the United States.
Our journey continued to South Africa, California’s Central Coast, the biodynamic domaines of Burgundy, and the great Tuscan estates of Bolgheri.
We are humbled to have learned from mentors such as enological pioneer Zelma Long, roving viticulturist Dr. Phil Freese, and our friend Gerard DeVilliers of Kleinood winery in Stellenbosch.