Monterey's ocean-influenced landscape is only just beginning to realize its vast potential. The marginal climate yields grapes of a natural vibrancy, tension, and energy - a special feat achievable in only the tiniest parcels of land scattered around the globe. The day to night temperature shifts here can exceed 40 degrees - meaning it goes from cool to extremely cold every day. This diurnal shift allows for slow, even ripening while retaining elevated acidity in the wines.
The vineyards from which we source fruit always share the following characteristics:
- Coastal influence, just on the precipice of ripening. We source from some of the coldest vineyards in the country.
- Significant vine age, allowing the plants to grow in a more balanced and mature ecosystem while providing more mature flavor profiles.
- Sloped aspects, allowing for prolonged vine exposure to the sun as well as excellent drainage. This extra sun exposure is a must-have in such cold climates.
- A long growing season, allowing for prolonged fruit maturation and optimum flavor development.
- Exceptional vineyard owners, which allow us to partner and work with them year-round.
The Monterey Submarine Canyon, or "Blue Grand Canyon", is a 21-million year-old, 60-mile long subaqueous canyon that plunges 2-miles deep, residing just 100 yards off the coastline of Monterey Bay. It is one of the world's deepest marine canyons, and the only one that affects a major winegrowing region. Deep, frigid ocean currents churn to the bay's surface. Winds approaching 30 miles per hour sweep this cold marine air through Monterey County, channeled by the Santa Lucia and Gabilan Mountain ranges. The result is a Thermal Rainbow effect, perfect and unique conditions for California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.