If you speak with a winemaker long enough you’re bound to hear the old saying that “great wine is made in the vineyard.” While it sounds somewhat simplistic, it is absolutely true!
This, in no way diminishes the importance of the winemaker or the role we play in crafting truly unique wines. Instead it underscores the commitment required to insure that we have the very best product to work with.
Typically, wineries of our size contract to purchase fruit on a tonnage basis from an almost endless supply of grape growers. In fact, this is exactly what we did for the early years of our existence.
Wanting to gain even greater control over the grape growing and winemaking process we’ve chosen to take a slightly different approach. Over the last several years we’ve moved towards long-term leases where we actually manage and farm the land ourselves. In two recent cases we even planted the vineyard ourselves.
Ultimately we believe that this level of involvement will result in wines of an even higher quality since we will have control of the process from start to finish. At the end of the day, that’s all any winemaker can ever ask for.
One of the most fascinating aspects of winemaking is the individual expression and characteristics that each appellation imparts on the grapes that are nurtured within. Quite frankly it would be boring if Pinot Noir grown in Carneros tasted the same as that grown in the Russian River Valley. Or what would be so fascinating if the Syrah grown in the Dry Creek Valley expressed itself in the same way as fruit grown in Coombsville?
Fortunately, these differences in soil, moisture, sun exposure, etc. are what we seek to extract and present in our wines. When done correctly they will deliver a true sense of place (i.e. terroir) and allow you to peek into the soul of Mother Earth.
For Mi Sueño’s current portfolio we are blessed with the opportunity to work with fruit from the following regions:
Russian River Valley
El Llano Red Wine