pair of red-tailed hawks hover in the thermal plume rising from the cliffs below
the Feather Vineyard. In winter, you hear the muted roar of three creeks cascading
down the canyons from the ridges above. Fog nestles like ocean foam over the bay
and valleys, making islands of the landmark peaks of Diablo and Tamalpais. Volcanic
ash, lava, and basaltic boulders attest to the past titanic forces of tectonic
plates in collision. Oaks, madrones, redwoods, maples, pines, manzanita and laurel
emerge from the rock as testaments to the miraculous triumph of life over the
molten imperatives of geology.
In these rugged extremes of nature, we perceive beauty and find meaning. For centuries
men and women have been drawn to this exquisite but practically impenetrable mountainside.
The indigenous Indians drank from the year-round springs and hunted the wild game.
The early Europeans came to seek out the pockets of soil where they might plant
the vines from which they hoped to capture in wine some of the tastes and smells,
some of the wonder of this unique place.
The vineyards and winery of Carmenet are literally carved into the volcanic stone
of the mountain - we are here for the long term. A site such as this does not
yield its viticultural secrets easily. Many of our experiments will take generations
to evaluate, and we expect to pass on to those succeeding generations our fiery
desire to create great wine. A great wine is not a commodity. It must artistically
communicate its context, its place and time. We are obsessed with the challenge
of honestly expressing the most beautiful and unique aspects of a place in which
we love to be. We hope that you will share in our love of this place called Carmenet
and in our sense of adventure as we apply our skills each vintage to create for
you a memorable sensory snapshot in a bottle of wine.
Carmenet Vineyards / 1700 Moon Mountain Dr. / Sonoma, CA 95476 / 707-996-5870