In both our winemaking and our approach to growing the grapes, we intervene as little as possible with the natural rhythm of the grapes.” It is often said that great wine is made in the vineyard. The grapes love Carmel Valley and Monterey County, so we think the fruit produced has the perfect balance of acid and sweetness to make great wines.
Paul Stokes is in charge of all the vineyard management, keeping chemical use to a minimum and relying on the grapes and the changes in the weather to determine the labor intensive cycles of pruning, thinning, and leaf pulling.
Likewise in the winery, the hands-on approach of small lot sur lies barrel fermentation benefits the wine. Lynn Sakasegawa Stokes is the winemaker with a degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego.
The Tasting Room Manager is Gary Stern, who recently retired from a highly eclectic career after earning degrees in psychology and law, then managing a casino, and managing software testing at Xerox, Intuit and Wells Fargo Bank. “I love wine, and love to share our excellent wines. Drop by the tasting room and lets chat about wine!”
In both our winemaking and our approach to growing the grapes, we intervene as little as possible with the natural rhythm of the grapes."Read More →