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A BOTTLE CAN HOLD THE EARTH, MOON, AND STARS

 

“We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust…
The stars made a circle, and in the middle, we dance.”

- RUMI

Begin at the beginning

With a reverence for the relationship between soil, sky, plants, and creatures, we seek to capture the magic of grapes grown on boutique farms in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma.

The Russian River flows through enchantingly beautiful microclimates that provide ideal and varied terroir for the finicky pinot noir grape. VML began in 2010 as a side project and has blossomed into an continual exploration.


In a wonderland they lie

The vineyards we work with are small. And small is beautiful. These distinctive sites, when tended with meticulous viticulture practices, can yield extraordinary fruit. So winemaking begins in the vineyard long before we pick the moment to harvest. Then, barrel by barrel, we handmake small-lot pinot noir and chardonnay with minimally-invasive techniques.

Fermentation is achieved with a combination of native and favorite yeast strains. We age in painstakingly selected French oak. The resulting wines express their roots and nature’s vicissitudes yet reach beyond… for something opulent, intense, pure, gorgeous.

VML is also sought out for sparkling, gewürztraminer, sauvignon blanc, zinfandel , and syrah.


We seek magic

Our wines do not come from recipes but from intuition and hard-won experience. Boots in the vineyards and ears on the barrels. Yes we listen to the wine – it crackles during malolactic fermentation. It’s heavenly.

There is magic in discovering a galaxy in a bottle of wine. It’s a moment held in time, which is the sum of nature’s earthly and celestial influences upon small plots of land.

At equinox fall they planted the first seed and left it in the hands of the moon and the stars.

 


Crafters of beauty

VML relies on a small, talented team to practice the art and science of winemaking.

  • Winemaker: Ross Reedy
  • Assistant Winemaker / Grower Relations: Jon Di Bartolo
  • Cellar Master: Diego Cardiel
  • Enologist: Jessica Yeates
  • Cellar Assistant: Rosie Valencia

 Accolades

  • 94+ Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 2014 VML Cresta Ridge Chardonnay
  • 94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 2014 VML Knowlton Farms Chardonnay
  • 94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 2015 VML Starscape Pinot Noir
  • 93+ Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 2014 VML San Remo Pinot Noir
  • 93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 2015 VML Stars Pinot Noir
  • Best of Show White Wine 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition

Artful from the inside out

We wrap our wines with intriguing pictures that express the uniqueness of the vineyards and bring extra joy to your table.

 

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