There are many ways to approach winemaking.
At one end of the spectrum, you start with fixed resources—secure vineyards, build a winery and hire a winemaker—and the wine’s style is dictated by what happens to all three variables from year to year.
At the opposite end, you work the other way around: determine what style you’re seeking, then find the sources to achieve it.
Each method has its merits and its madness. We have anchored our highest expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the first method: With raw grape material, I work closely with two farming families – The Bacigalupis, with their historic Russian River Chardonnay vineyard, and the Karrens, from the rising powerhouse Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir vineyard in Petaluma.
While single-sites make consequential wines, they usually come with consequential pricetags. So…. for our Gravenstein Highway and Napa Valley bottlings, I work from several sources to produce blends that maintains stylistic and qualitative consistency from premium appellations at more modest prices.
Combining both strategies (site specific-winemaking and negociant-style blending) means more mud on the boots and miles on the odometer, but with this comes the freedom to sleuth vineyards, sample barrels and shake a few hands. My hope is to continue the tradition of our past winemakers to crafted wines of substance and ageability (ask Peter about the 2009 Mill Station Pinot Noir… way to go Daniel!).
From our appellation blends to our single-vineyard expressions, Peter Paul Wines showcase the sunny temperament of fruit grown in California, while retaining the refined elements of the grape’s DNA and European heritage. Each wine offers the proper balance of fruit, savor, and structure to hit a sweet spot of ripeness without confection, and fullness with manners.
Thank you for giving our wine a shot,
Martin R. Reyes, Master of Wine