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