1500 Los Carneros Avenue
Contact: Dick Ward , David Graves
Terroir is something we think a lot about at Saintsbury. One simple way to think about terroir is to define it as a place with the potential to grow grapes that have the possibility of making compelling wines. We are lucky enough to work every day with wines made from sites that meet these criteria and are among the best in Carneros. We believe that it takes a great terroir to make great wine and that winemaking can either diminish the effects of terroir or enhance them. We strive to enhance those terroir-driven effects.For more than 20 years we have probably worked with more Carneros growers and more Carneros vineyards than any other producer. We formed our views of terroir working with the many unique vineyards in Carneros and from our observations of this region. We've observed that on a vineyard-by-vineyard level, a certain "personality" is passed into the wines. And we've learned that some personalities are more desirable than others. In some cases we hope to showcase these personalities through single vineyard wines. With other wines we attempt to blend these characteristics to create something unique.
It turns out that the limb upon which Saintsbury’s founders stepped in the late 1970s and early 1980s was occupied by a few other trailblazers who were caught up in what David describes as a “Zeitgeist” of innovation and change that pervaded the California wine industry at the time. With the release of Saintsbury’s first 2000 cases of Pinot Noir in 1981 and by committing to pursuing high quality California Pinot Noir, Dick and Dave put themselves in the forefront of a movement that would eventually catapult California wines, Carneros Pinot Noir and Saintsbury onto the world wine stage
Now at 60,000 cases, Saintsbury remains at the forefront of the Pinot Noir revolution in California and the constant evolution in Carneros winemaking. Dick and Dave continue to inch their way out the limb that they ventured onto in the early days. However, now it is a place from which they can continue to innovate yet also peer down from to survey a part of the California wine industry they helped create and inspire.
Winemaker: Dick Ward , David Graves
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