2016 Land of Promise Wines

Our ultimate goal as a family is to create a great wine that represents our vineyard: Terra de Promissio. Terra de Promissio wines are recognizable by intensity of character, deep color and remarkable textures—results of the vineyard's southwest facing hills and low yields. More distinctive characteristics are found in the vibrant and exuberant aromatics—a result of the Sonoma Coast’s cold winds and fog of the Petaluma Gap. The combination rewards us with exceptional and age-worthy Pinot Noir.

Our inaugural 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages are now sold out.  We are now offering two 2016 Land of Promise wines: Deo Favente (“With God’s Favor”) and Terra de Promissio (“Land of Promise”—our flagship wine).

Production of Land of Promise Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is extremely limited. For information on obtaining this wine, please click the Join Our List button above or below.

Deo Favente

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Our Tribute:

Translated from Latin, Deo Favente literally means “With God’s Favor” and was originally proposed by the Founding Fathers of our great country for the Seal of the United States of America.

This wine from our vineyard, Terra de Promissio, is our tribute to the Almighty God, His guidance and providence, which our family witnessed on our journey to the Land of Promise.

Tasting Notes:
Hand-picked in the beginning of the 2016 harvesting season, the fruit fermented on its natural yeast, present in our vineyard.  Aged for 11 months in French barrels, the wine was bottled unfiltered to preserve flavors.  The wine is light and similar to high-end Burgundy in style, this blend is complex and spiritual. 

Wine Specs:

Winemaker: Diana Karren

Clones: Swan, Calera, 943 and 777

Vineyard:  Terra de Promissio

Appellation: Sonoma Coast

Alcohol: 13.2%

Terra de Promissio

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Our Tribute

Land of Promise is a story of an immigrant family pursuing the American dream with hard work and sacrifices made along the way.

Our ultimate goal is to create a wine, which expresses the unique terroir of our vineyard, Terra de Promissio, the commitment and passion of three generations who farm it, and the promise of this land.

Tasting Notes
This wine expresses the unique terroir of our vineyard and its rich history of producing award-winning wines. A blend of our signature Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115, hand-picked at the end of harvesting season, this wine went though the malolactic fermentation in the barrel, aging for 18 months.

Wine Specs:

Winemaker: Diana Karren

Clones: 115 and 777

Vineyard:  Terra de Promissio

Appellation: Sonoma Coast

Alcohol: 14.2%

The Winemaking

Winemaking and viticulture must be seen as a whole, rather than as separate parts. This is essential to producing the best wine we possibly can. And in true collaborative family fashion, Charles, Diana, Diana's Mother, Father and her sister Alina contribute to managing the vineyard on a day to day basis.  Even Christian and Grace contribute by scaring off birds during the harvest season.

Diana is also tasked with overseeing the making of the wines. This teamwork is essential to our family’s goals, and allows the work in the vineyards and winery to be of one and the same objective. We implement a very focused, precise approach to the wine, wherein each individual block is considered and handled separately. We vinify the small lots using artisanal methods: hand-sorting, native yeast fermentation, hand punch-downs, no fining and no filtering. All considerations are driven by the vineyard identity and respect for the wine.

This attention to detail and hands on style by family members retains the character of Terra de Promissio.

Hand harvesting in the cold of the night is best for the fruit. These grapes arrived at the winery cold, fresh and in pristine condition .

Hand harvesting in the cold of the night is best for the fruit. These grapes arrived at the winery cold, fresh and in pristine condition.

Sorting, tasting, smelling, observing—close and persistent attention to every detail is critical throughout the life of the wine.

Sorting, tasting, smelling, observing—close and persistent attention to every detail is critical throughout the life of the wine.

After draining from fermentation tanks, Land of Promise is aged in the best French oak barrels to create an age-worth wine.

After draining from fermentation tanks, Land of Promise is aged in the best French oak barrels to create an age-worth wine.