Piedrasassi

Piedrasassi Winery
Since we began making the Piedrasassi wines in 2003, our ideas about wine have expanded and evolved. We enjoy drinking wines from lots of different regions--Burgundy, the Northern Rhône, Tuscany, and Piedmont, to name a few--so it is difficult to pin us down to a specific style we try to emulate. We are blown away by the tradition and sense of place of wines like Albert Dervieux's lyrical La Viallière from Côte-Rôtie, and are amazed at the stylized concentration and texture of Stanko Radikon's avant-garde Ribolla Gialla from Friuli. And we are continually inspired by the diversity of grapes and wines cultivated in the wide open, relatively uncharted territory that is the California wine industry.

The way these widespread tastes express themselves in the winery is in our different bottlings of our flagship varietal, syrah, and a handful of small offerings of other varietals. In 2007, we made a syrah from the Rim Rock vineyard that has such beautiful, complex aromatics that we have a hard time keeping our hands off of it. 2009 produced two vastly different white wines for us: a complex, energetic chardonnay and a fermented-on-the-skins full-bodied white wine that challenges ideas about the way white wine can be made. And this summer we finally, finally bottled our first dessert wine, a passito sangiovese that is the definition of a labor of love.

The common thread among all the wines we love and admire is that there are both a mind and a place behind them. Wine, just like food, or music, or art, should have a certain kind of authenticity--it should come from someone and somewhere. This idea is what informs the work that we do. We try to make honest wines that we believe in. We hope you like them.

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