VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Shibumi Knoll Vineyards
A Napa Valley winery founded by wine collector Don Ross. He acquired a small knoll 3.5 miles north of St. Helena in 2003 that included a .75-acre vineyard, a modest vineyard cottage, a guest house and a winery. The cottage on the knoll was renovated and became the owner's residence.
The name Shibumi derives from a book, Shibumi, that Ross read many years ago and has special interest because it introduced him to the concept of Shibumi, a Japanese word describing a physical and emotional state which translates to "effortless perfection," "understated elegance," or "perfect peace." When Ross decided to make his own wines under his own label, "Shibumi Knoll Vineyards" was appropriate.
Ross enlisted David Abreu as vineyard manager and Chris Dearden as winemaker. He plans to produce small quantities of a few varietals including Pinot Noir that would be competitive with the best in the marketplace. In 2009, a Pinot Noir was offered from the Buena Tierra Vineyard but this vineyard is scheduled for demolition and Ross is looking for fruit from the Sta. Rita Hills.
The winery is not open to the public, but occasionally don and Joann Ross have time to entertain customers so give a call about availability.
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