"Art is a fight to the finish..."

"Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper" - Günter Grass

It was a busy end of 2014 and start of 2015 at Glasshaus.

Just as the yeast settled from another successful harvest, I immediately shifted focus to completing the 2013 blends and getting them into bottle. I couldn't be more pleased with the wines or more excited to share them with you.

Members not able to attend pick up parties in Northern California or New England began receiving their shipments just after the new year. I have heard that a few people (names withheld to protect the guilty) may have already consumed your shares. If you resemble these zealous folks and would like to re-order, send me an email so I can make sure your member discounts are applied. 

If I haven't contacted you to schedule your shipment, it is because there is a weather hold in your area due to wintery conditions. As soon as it warms up in your neck of the woods I'll be reaching out to get you your wine.

Since there is no rest for the wicked and to respond to requests for a 2014 vintage update, last week I commandeered and tasted barrel samples. My tasting notes below. And if you haven't secured your 2014 Wine Shares, you can grab some here. If you are interested in what the winegrowing conditions were in 2014, you can read my analyses here.

Until next time...



Bottling By The numbers

On December 15th we bottled 205 cases of our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and 203 cases of our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. That's 971 gallons and 4,896 bottles, corks and labels. You can find the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tech sheets here and here.

Member Pickup Parties

On January 17th, I held the first of two Member Pickup Parties. Before releasing the wines into the wild on March 1st, I gave members an opportunity to pick up their wine shares and get a chance to evaluate the return on their investment. I am happy to report a room full of smiles and effusive compliments.

The second Pick Up Party is this Saturday, February 7th from 4pm - 6pm. Email me if you haven't received or missed your invite.

Early Impressions

Last week I had a chance to taste barrel samples of our 2014 Pinot Noir. First, I tasted each component (with and without oak accoutrements) and then tasted the composite blend. The point of this exercise at this point is to establish a baseline from which to make any adjustments as the wine ages.

SPOILER ALERT: We have another nice vintage in the works!

  Analyses of Color (Hue, Clarity, Depth), Aroma (Complexity, Intensity, Variety), Flavor (Fruit, Concentration, Length) and Texture (Acid, Tannin, Alcohol) of Individual Components and Composite Blend

Analyses of Color (Hue, Clarity, Depth), Aroma (Complexity, Intensity, Variety), Flavor (Fruit, Concentration, Length) and Texture (Acid, Tannin, Alcohol) of Individual Components and Composite Blend

Clone 115

The Clone 115 component is primarily contributing beautiful strawberry and raspberry aromas and flavors. The 33% of Clone 115 that is in new French oak exhibits less fruit character as the oak influence dominates.


The Pommard component is also contributing Pinot Noir's signature floral, strawberry and red berry components combined with a bit of blackberry. The 1-Use and New French Oak (28%) components are adding vanilla, toast and savory notes.

Composite Blend

The oak influences in the individual components blend together in the Composite Blend to lend noticeable structure without obscuring Pinot Noir's delicate fruit character. The Composite Blend also shows less of the "tutti-frutti" Young Wine character that the neutral oak components display at this point. The oak-influenced components are creating a more finished / approachable wine at this early stage in the wine's development.

2014 Wine Shares (a.k.a. Wine Futures)


Each share contains Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir made from the venerable Sangiacomo Family Vineyards.