two pedigreed vineyards, Hendry Ranch and Weitz, each have distinct
terroirs. The grapes they produce vibrate with singular intensity,
which is reflected in the wine.
After walking through the vineyards all season long tasting the
grapes and checking the development of fruit and tannins, Genevieve
decides the harvest date. The grapes are hand-picked and transported
to the winery in small, 35lb. containers, where they are hand-sorted
before and after desteming and crushing. During the fermentation
process, the cap is gently punch down several times a day, as needed.
During an extended maceration, Genevieve and Luc sample the wine
daily, carefully evaluating each lot, noting the evolution of flavor,
tannins and mouthfeel before deciding on the appropriate moment
to drain and press.
The wine is then barreled into 100% new French oak from the forests
of Central France. During the 18-month barrel-aging process, the
wine is racked several times to achieve good clarity, clean taste
and polished tannins. The French oak barrels -- a mix of Taransaud,
Radoux, Vicard and Seguin -- add spice, texture and layers of complexity
to the fruit-filled wine.
During the entire process, from crushing to bottling, the must
and wine are moved with great gentleness by gravity flow, never
by pump. Portfolio is bottled by hand at the winery, unfined and
unfiltered. Anecdotally, during the aging process the wine enjoys
a daily average of two hours of Mozart’s music.