Mukaida Older Vintages
This wine is truly special. The Peters Vineyard has long been one of our highest praised vineyards. Its location on a high ridge south of Sebastopol and its Gold Ridge soil are a wonderful foundation for excellent fruit. The vineyard is blanketed by the cool ocean fog in the morning and evening, coaxing out the grapes’ best flavors. The hot sunny days intensify the fruit and create just the flavor profile we are looking for in our wine. Planted with Pommard, 115 and 777 clones, the fruit for this special release was carefully selected to be ‘the best of the best’! We chose the best grapes, whole-berry fermented and after aging selected the best 8 barrels to bottle as the Mukaida Vineyard.
This outstanding wine is named in honor of Tom Mukaida, whom we sadly lost in 2013. Tom was the beloved father-in-law of Randy Peters, one of our long-standing growers and a 3rd generation grower. Tom began his farming career with apples. In the early 80s Randy convinced him that there was a future in grapes and encouraged him to convert his apple orchards into vineyards and we’re very glad he did. His finely honed farming abilities and ideal locale on Bodega Highway in Sebastopol translated well to grapes. Tom enjoyed being in the vineyard right up until his passing and we are so fortunate to have his legacy live on.