Wine is true art.  As an art form much has been lost in the modern age of mass production.  I use classical wine making methods and techniques to craft hand-made, small batch wines of depth, soul, and a sense of place with a deep focus on great reds.  I strive to work with the fruit of each individual vineyard and season to produce a unique stand-alone masterpiece. All of my wines are made with great longevity in mind yet delightful vibrancy when young. Every batch is a unique expression of what the grape can become. Postmodern wine art. 

To this end, I work with a collection of small vineyard owners in multiple regions of Michigan who’s dedication to the vine and love of truly great wine shows through.  Every wine is carefully hand sorted.   Classic techniques of carefully hand pressing the caps on ultra-small open top fermentations is practiced on every cuvee.  Instead of chemical manipulation techniques passed down to me allow me to shape the flavors of the wine using what the grape has to offer. To avoid the disruption of pumps all wines are carefully hand loaded into a basket press.  None of my red wines undergo fining or filtering, instead the magic of proper time in barrel and careful repeated racking bring out the clarity and brilliance.  When the wine says that it is ready they are hand bottled.  Unlike painting and sculpture wine, being a living thing, has an element of time in its enjoyment so I age each wine in the bottle until it is ready to show.  Every wine is made with great longevity in mind yet delightful vibrancy when young.

In the end result is a collection of cuveés that, like a great live improvisational musical performance, are unique, have depth, soul, and are expressive.  I hope you get the chance to enjoy one of these rare expressions of love of the art of winemaking.

-Nathaniel