Want to understand more about fine wines? It’s in the vines. Monterey County is comprised of several different soil types that range from rugged outcrop to sandy loam to dune hills. But it is this diversity that the beauty of Monterey County winegrowing lies: many different sub-soils allow for a perfect home for each individual grape varietal. From the winemaker’s perspective, the Monterey winegrowing region presents the opportunity to grow high caliber grapes of every type. “From the north where the ocean creates a cool, windy environment adored by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to the south Monterey region where warmer weather allows the cultivation of Cabernet and Merlot, we find of sandy loam, decomposed granite and clay which is heavy in nutrients from fossils and seashells from long ago. On the other hand, we have Pinot Noir planted on our own estate vineyard in Carmel Valley, which is planted on calcium-rich rock and gray clay and produces a completely different style of Pinot Noir than other sites. This great diversity in soil, topography and climate allows us to harvest twelve different varietals with an emphasis on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Syrah, and Cabernet blends. We want to continue building on our 10+ years of small-lot production, quality and commitment to the land. Every bottle exposes the creativity of the artist and the humility that comes from letting the soils and climate lead our efforts.