Owner: Kathy Joseph
Grapes Sourced: Pinot Noir (667, 115)
Kathy Joseph is “head fiddle” at this gem of a vineyard that sits seven miles inland from the Pacific alongside the Santa Ynez River. The valley provides a consistent draw for Pacific currents, resulting in lower daily highs and higher nightly lows than we experience in much of the Northern California wine growing regions. The vineyard is planted on clay loam, richly mixed with deposits of Monterey Shale and chert (which can hold marine fossils).
While the farming of this vineyard is collaborative in nature, we leave it in Kathy's hands directed by her intricate knowledge of the land. Timely communication, including photos via text, fills in the blanks when we are unable to be onsite during the growing season. Kathy's crew harvests our block in the middle of the night, then we load up the truck at daybreak and drive north. The grapes are crushed and safely in their cold soak by that evening, harvest day.