Our goal is to make balanced and yet concentrated wines that display the fruit and the character of the vintage and region. From our full-bodied intense Cabernet Sauvignon to our softer Bordeaux blend Mosaique and our versatile Pinot Noirs, our wines are meant to be a part of food, to be enjoyed with your loved ones frequently. Our production is extremely limited, usually each batch consisting of no more than a few hundred cases. Our wines are truly handcrafted and we hope that our passion shows through in our wines.
Surh Cellars wines are the result of an evolutionary process. Since 1992, we have seen the industry change as the barometers of grape growing and winemaking have been influenced by Mother Nature, consumers, critics, and technology. It has been a constant learning process. We have seen the influence of climate change as the coastal areas have become suitable for fruit as the inland areas often have become less hospitable. Over the years we have made many different varietals including but not limited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Chardonnay.
With each vintage comes a set of new challenges. Over time our wines have evolved from rustic to refined, but we have tried to maintain our style with an emphasis on intensity and complexity. For each varietal, we employ a combination of traditional winemaking practices along with new world techniques in order to fully express the vineyard, the vintage, and the grape. For our hillside Cabernets, that may mean a long cold soak, longer fermentation, and then an extended maceration. With our Pinot Noirs, on the other hand, it usually means small fermentors, less vigorous temperature, and very little racking. All of our whites have focus and brightness that comes with layers of acidity.
While we grow some fruit ourselves, our growers, like our families, are our partners whom we rely on a great deal. We work closely with the growers to achieve a common objective - a distinguished wine.
We expect our growers to supply us with ripe and healthy fruits from low yielding vines, and over the years we have gravitated toward growers who have quality first in mind. In return, they expect us to make outstanding wines of varietal and vineyard character. With each passing vintage, our wines give us a better understanding of the vineyards, which results in a deeper and better relationship with our growers.