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Transparent Winemaking

Harry and Mike makind notesWinemaking is a tough job. Not because there is too much to do, but because it is difficult to sit back and do nothing, letting the grapes and vineyard decisions project purely in the final wine.

It's hard not to mess around with the fruit and potentially screw it up, trying to force-fit it into a personal style we have presumptively chosen for it.

Our conviction is that we should develop processes that allow the fruit's potential to show through, not develop a wine that is heavy-handed technologically.

We refer to this as Transparent Winemaking.

For more specific winemaking philosophies based on each of the varietals we produce, go to our winenotes pages.

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