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Winemaking Philosophy

Our love of French Rhône and Bordeaux wines influence every wine we craft. We believe in a limited, light-handed approach to winemaking, allowing the true typicity of each varietal and the terroir of the vineyard to shine through as the star of each vintage, preserving the wine’s link to its place of origin. This allows us to create wines that are distinctive and hypnotic with personality, charm, balance and grace.

We embrace the use of stainless steel, cold core fermentation for our white wines, showcasing the floral tropical aromas, fruit flavors, bright minerality and acidity of each varietal. Once our white wines are blended, we preserve these qualities by aging the wines in stainless steel tanks with limited contact to oxygen prior to bottling.

We barrel age our red wines for two years in French and American Appalachian Oak barrels where the use of new oak is done sparingly to allow the fruit to shine through while still delivering structure and elegance. We blend our Rhône and Bordeaux varietals to produce wines that are more complex, better balanced, and richer than single, varietal wines.

Erick Allen, Winemaker & Proprietor

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