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After a brief stay at Newton vineyards I departed in 1993 to represent a French cooperage, Tonnellerie Saury. Although I regretted leaving my true love, making wine, I welcomed the passport to numerous wine regions of the U.S., and ultimately the goal of making my own wine. In 1994 I had spare time during harvest and I worked for an Oregon producer coordinating the picking and production of Pinot Noir. Despite my involvement in making beautiful wines I decided I could not trust the fickle mistress we call Pinot, perhaps a more sturdy wine, less feminine, more reliable was what I sought. A tomboy of Pinot. During the winter I toured through the Rhône using my cooperage connection and visited Chave, Rostaing, Voge, and Beaucastel. It was then I became enlightened and found Syrah. Oddly enough, Syrah is one of the few feminine varieties, in French "la Syrah". I have been known to describe my wines as a ballerina who has taken up kick-boxing, the tom-boy who doesn't mind getting a bit grubby, earthy, grounded, but is attractive, pretty, and alluring in expression. The Syrah grape has enlightened me to the versatile yet unpredictable facets of the resulting wine. Syrah also has a remarkable ability to adapt from the cool climate of Sonoma Coast and Santa Barbara to the heat of a dry farmed vineyard in Calistoga. All the wines have a unique and desirable expression of Syrah from each site. Thus, many (but not all) of my wines are single vineyard designated. Renard - Producer of Rhône varieties – Description from dvoristanac

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Our winery is an elastic state, changing and adapting to our whims. Below you'll find a list of developments we've enjoyed this year and strategem for the years to come. Things are quiet, and I like it that way. I have bottled the Rosé and I have been drinking regularly – in fact, I am drinking it as I write this, and it is delicious. The wines from the 2007 vintage have all finished their secondary fermentation, the barrels have had their SO2 hit to keep them clean and I hope not to do anything but top the barrels until bottling. I have discovered Syrah does not need the aerative rackings that I once thought was necessary, and unless there is something really funky going on in the barrel it will rest there quietly developing. The Roussanne has taken a different direction this year and has developed a nutty component that is very attractive and reminds me of Meursault, only better. Chardonnay, it is part of the past! The Viognier is vibrant and racey and it has more minerality this year. In the vineyards there is significant growth on everything but the Tres Ninos Cabernet, but Cabernet is always later than the other varieties. We can already see the flowers forming that will produce the fruit for harvest. Surprisingly, it looks like another good harvest as long as we get through the flowering period with out rain, heat or extreme wind. – Description from dvoristanac

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