Each year we create Seafarer as a blend of fruit from our coastal vineyards to create a truly harmonious wine that showcases why we make wine here on the coast. The goal is to create a wine that is more about overall texture, depth, and coastal complexity than individual site expression. In 2021, the blend is based around four vineyards: Rincon, Spanish Springs, Derbyshire, and Greengate Vineyards, all of which are less than 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean, making them some of the most coastal vineyards in all of California.
Born out of a distaste for the flabby, overripe, oily styles produced in California, we set out to showcase a truly aromatic, cool-climate Viognier that focuses instead on vibrancy, clarity, and brilliance. And it ages beautifully.
Lying just 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, Spanish Springs is the last vineyard we pick each year and always produces our most feminine and aromatic Pinot Noir, loaded with personality and freshness.
An adoration of wines from Alsace and an amazing, low-yielding block at Spanish Springs inspired us to produce Pinot Gris in a style now rarely seen in the new world, one that focuses on texture, aromatics, and actual ageability in the cellar.
Derbyshire is one of the most extreme vineyards properties I've ever seen in California, sitting on a slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean just 1.5 miles away. Lying just south of the town of San Simeon, it is pounded by daily wind and fog, exemplifying a cool, coastal climate probably better than anywhere I can imagine. But arising from the struggle the vines face on a daily basis is a wine that is amazingly pure and focused. Deep, intense aromatics of Damson plum, smoked meat, black rose, and white pepper. High toned and pure on the palate, it has loads of black fruit, minerals and smoke, with a backbone of dashing acidity.