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Our Story

We believe the story of West Coast winemaking is still being written.

People

Pictured above in our Half Mile block: Co-founders Michael Terrien, Peter Molnar, Arpad Molnar

People

In the beginning, there were three of us: Michael Terrien, Peter Molnar, and Arpad Molnar. From the outset we have owned and farmed our own vineyards, coopered our own barrels, and vinified our own wines. In 2002 we made our first 98 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Encouraged by our heritage wine project Poseidon Vineyard, we are individuals that have always been compelled to discover something new.

Over the last decade and a half, many have joined us. We are inspired by the people we work with—in the forest, in the vineyard, at the winery.

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Winemaking

Pictured above in our cellar: Winemaker Alex Beloz

Winemaking

Our winemaker, Alex Beloz, has crafted our wines for more than a decade. More artist than his engineering degree suggests, Alex has intimate and longstanding knowledge of our vineyards and of our coopering. He raises to a high art the skill of matching oak to wine.

BARRELS

Our cooperage, Kádár Hungary, in Tokaj, Hungary

BARRELS

A Heritage of Coopering

We exclusively use barrels made from Tokaj oak by Kádár Hungary, the cooperage
that we have owned for the nearly three decades. Located in Kádárok Völgye
(Valley of the Coopers), this region of the Tokaj appellation has
a written history of over 1,000 years of coopering.

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Quercus petraea oak in Tokaj, Hungary

TIGHT-GRAINED OAK AND MOUNTAIN FRUIT

The remote forests of Tokaj are steep, rocky and cold; one of only a handful in the world to exclusively grow Quercus petraea: the densest and tightest grained oak in all of Europe. Highly sought after, for its enticing aromas and subtle influence, Quercus petraea enhances the aromatics of our wine and maintains the vibrancy of our mountain fruit. The result is a fresher, livelier Cabernet Sauvignon.

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SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

In our vineyard, we follow the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices and are Fish Friendly Farming certified. The Tokaj forests where our barrels are coopered have been sustainably managed since 1769 by decree of the Empress Maria Teresa of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, requiring selective logging and systematic replanting. In our solar powered winery, we follow traditional and natural winemaking practices. We are family and employee owned—ensuring consistency, stability and long-term generational sustainability of our sources and practices.

 

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