Perfection through patience: a love of land, a way of wine
We sited B. Wise Vineyards on top of a ridge that looks down over the Sonoma Valley. While this was partly a vineyard decision, it’s also our home. This is a benevolent climate, a place you can live outdoors. I put in peach trees and persimmons, and avocados that everyone says won’t fruit this far north, but I’ve got fruit on them. It comes from being a farmer’s son and grandson. It’s through this bent of farming that we’re able to make wines that satisfy something deep down.
I often get asked about the role barrels take in the processing of wine. The oak barrel is responsible for half the quality in a Bordeaux-style wine, according to our Winemaker Mark Herold. Put a top-level wine into a lesser barrel and it becomes a lower quality wine. But put a top-level wine into a barrel made of quality French oak and it becomes everything it was intended to be and more.