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Full Moon Fever

As a part of our on-going 21st Anniversary Celebration, we hosted a very special and unique dinner at Ancien, featuring a highlights-reel of cellar selections, spanning twenty years of production.


1993 Carneros Pinot Noir
1996 Sonoma Mountain "Steiner Vineyard" Pinot Noir
2000 Napa Valley "Mink Vineyard" Pinot Noir
2001 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
2002 Russian River Pinot Noir
2005 Carneros "Toyon Farm Pinot Noir"
2007 Napa Valley Haynes Vineyard" Chardonnay
2012 Carneros "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Pinot Gris
The only public tasting of Par Avion in years!

Across the board, these wines showed beautifully, showcasing the elegance and balance that have been a hallmark of Ken's winemaking for the past 21 years.  The pinnacle of the evening's tasting experiences, however, was definitely the "Par Avion."

 Par Avion is the label name for one of the most unique winemaking projects ever undertaken.  In 1999, Ken flew to Burgundy and harvested grapes from a vineyard in Morey St Denis.  He then air-freighted the grapes (in whole clusters) back to California and vinified them at Ancien Winery.  This had never been done before, and it hasn't been done since.  As the full moon rose over the Coombsville hills, we gathered in the old block of the Hayes Vineyard and sipped on Par Avion.  After 14 years, the wine still retained freshness and vibrancy, and its mineral finish is unmistakably Burgundian.

See photos of the dinner here.

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