On a fall evening, a story of hard work and fresh flavors unfold on a table set for a group of alfresco diners in Sonoma Valley, California.
Photo: Coral von Zumwalt
The wine is aged in French oak barrels up to 15 months. Aside from weekly quality checks, the barrels are never disturbed. This allows natural settling to occur, eliminating the need to filter the wine, which could damage its complexity.