Today, Twomey Cellars is all about the production of small lot Russian River Valley pinot noir. Back in 1999, founding Twomey winemaker, Daniel Baron, began producing one of California’s few single-vineyard merlots, shaped by a French racking technique, soutirage traditional, a slow, deliberate, time-consuming method of decanting wine from one barrel to another. A centuries old Bordeaux wine making technique rarely used in California because of its labor and time intensity, an incredibly silky textured merlot is the final product. Winemaker Ben Cane, in charge of the pinot noir program here, explains his goal:
(My) vision for Twomey Pinot Noir is to craft a wine that expresses the uniqueness and terroir of each vineyard site with finesse and balance by blending old world techniques with new world innovation and technology.
The TR is fabulous- soaring vistas, expansive architecture, clean, modern lines.
My most recent visit was on an early Spring day; Wine Road is a year round destination and what I did not catch in sun was more than made up in dramatic, cloud-dappled views from Twomey’s estate:
Tours and a delicious Chef’s Board, Wine & Food pairing, are available by appointment- the Chef’s Board needs 48 hours notice, $25, and is perfect for 2 – 4 people, subject to availability on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Here’s looking at you, kids.