“The 2011 vintage growing conditions were not ideal. Cooler, wetter conditions slowed the grape ripening process to a snail’s pace, but with grit and a little finesse, we were able to produce some fantastic wine. During some of those challenging moments, I realized how fortunate we were to be walking in the footsteps of early viticulture pioneers like Frederick Hess.
“Hess had the vision to plant on Howell Mountain because it reminded him of the great winegrowing areas of Europe. Its unique terroir of cool nights and warmer mornings gave him the clues that the difficult mountain farming would be worth it.”
Winemaker Chris Carpenter, May 2012
“The wine has aged incredibly gracefully. It displays espresso bean, blackberry, and a hint of herb. The weight is killer and the finish long and profound.”
Winemaker Chris Carpenter, March 2021
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2013