Our inception was one of uncertainty, both in our survival and our knowledge. Simply put, how could we make the very best Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Barolo that could be made? And equally as important, would our customers pay the additional money necessary to do such a thing?
The answers to these questions are now both certain and positive. We have been accepted and we continue to make better wines each year. Starting out, we needed to understand our vineyard sites, farm them like never before and make sacrifice. The attitude of Greg Linn Wines is "whatever it takes". No cluster is safe from being dropped to the ground, both in the vineyard and on the sorting table. No barrel is safe from being rejected and never making it to the final product. Only the tightest grain barrels are chosen for the project and cost is not a consideration. At first, wile learning our sites, we were making cuvees (the blending of several vineyards). Now that the vineyards have more age and we are approaching our 9th vintage, we have started making site specific wines. These are wines of Place, and ware there moniker in the form of a flavor profile unique to it self. I can make a wine exactly the same in every respect, but if the grapes are just paces apart they will taste different. This is not in dispute, it is why Vineyard wines always give you a choice because they differ from one another. And because we will spare nothing to perform at the highest of levels the quality will be of the grandest order.
It comes down to this: whatever it took to produce the finest in wine is the course we have selected. Our decisions have not been easy to make, but we believe that in the effort you will find reward. Mass producing wine is not something that interests me. It's handcrafted wines from the vineyard that ignite my passions. Very low yields, native yeast's, native malo conversion, No additions of acid, very low alcohol's, temperature controlled fermentations whole cluster additions. I need not go on, these wines are made naturally, in the vineyard and we pride our approach on being minimalist's. Those that steer a wide berth to stay out of the way of the fruit. I hope you will agree with the direction we have chosen and I hope you steer the same course when purchasing your wines.
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All the best and always, Thank You for having a look!