This is the term winemakers use for breaking up this cap of skins and solids that forms over fermenting red wine. The idea is to submerge the cap to increase skin-to-juice contact.
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Welcoming two new wines to the tasting room line up.
2020 Gamay Noir Rose
2020 Sauvignon Blanc
We keep production small because the best wines are handmade, through a labor of love, passion, vision. Cheers!
Harvest is now within sight as the grape berries change color. As the berries mature they become darker and sweeter. It’s an amazing, natural process to witness!
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Welcoming our 2019 Pinot Gris into the tasting room line up. Whole clusters were gently pressed, then aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh vibrant fruit. Cheers!
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So – this happened. Three gold medals and two silver from the Sommelier’s Choice Awards in San Francisco!
In addition, our 2016 Sass Pinot Noir, Vieux Amis, was named Wine Of The Year for Pinot Noir as the highest-scoring pinot noir in the competition.
We feel both grateful and fortunate to have this recognition of our wines. Thank you, judges!
We don’t send wines out to be judged often, thinking that by the time the wines are judged and the results released, we are often out of the wines that were judged, because we make a lot of tiny batches of interesting wines each year.
If we don’t understand the judging criteria, too, we don’t enter. We have seen judging that rewards wines that stand out simply because they are “different.” Sometimes that means they don’t fit the first rule of any wine, which is varietal typicity. That is, pinot noir should taste like pinot noir rather than something else.
Sommeliers Choice judging standards: Food Pairing Ability; Typicity (must be correct for that varietal grown and made in this place); Quality; Value; and Packaging.
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Starting today, Friday the 30th, we will be open for only outdoor tasting experiences to comply with state mandates. We continue to keep everyone safe and have all safety measures in place. When we are able, we will welcome you back into our living room. Thank you for your continuing support. Cheers!
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