NEW AND NOTEWORTHY--- HERE'S SOME HIGHLIGHTS:
We have aligned with three other wine-making families to share space at a stunning new winery called The Caves at Soda Canyon. With an upgraded license, we participate in the tasting room as well.
It is about 7 minutes up Soda Canyon Road, off the Silverado Trail. The winery is all underground, in caves bored into the mountainside, with beautiful canyon views. Fantastic!
We don't always submit our wines for scores or awards, but we did send some 2011 Chardonnay to the 2013 Ultimate Wine Challenge in New York. Our wine walked away with the Chairman's Trophy as the "best of the best", with a 95 point rating and their ultimate recommendation.
Encouraged by our success in New York, we submitted three wines from the next vintage to the World Wine Championships in Chicago. All three won gold medals, “exceptional” ratings and scores of “90” points or higher---a clean sweep!
Most recently, the accolades keep coming. The Wine Enthusiast gave our 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay "94" points, ranking it among the very top Chardonnays. The 2013 Napa Valley Cab pulled in "93" points from the World Wine Championships, and "91" points from James Suckling. The 2013 Pinot Noir received "90" points at the UWC, and the 13 Atlas Peak Cab scored "93" points and a "Finalist" status at the UWC.
You may notice some refinements on our label and packaging on our new releases. We moved to an embossed label in 2012 and have settled on screened labels for all vintages in 2013 and beyond. The look is striking and make beautiful collectible bottles.
We have kept our signature eye colors for each varietal. When wolves are born, the cubs have blue eyes, which usually change to yellow or amber as they grow. As our first varietal, the pinot noir has the blue eyes, with the chard and cab having yellow and amber eyes, respectively.
Lastly, but not least, we have gone solar at Atlas Peak. A large array handles all of our power needs for farming and fits with our commitment to sustainable agriculture.