Many a winemaker is born into a winemaking family. The expectation can be that the new generation will carry on. This happens more at Old World wineries, than it does in New World ones.
In my case, I wasn’t naturally born into a line of winemakers. My passion came while traveling throughout France from, 2005 through 2008, as a representative for Robert Kacher Selections. Here, I caught the winemaking bug.
I was delighted to meet winemakers and vignerons (viticulturists) of critical acclaim. As I listened and learned from them about their passion for what they were doing, the how and why of it all, I wanted in… I wanted it all: the land, the grapes, the methodologies, and the pursuit of living up to the personal expectations set into play, by all of these great vignerons before me.
JEAN LUC & JEAN PAUL JAMET
Cote Rotie, Northern Rhone Valley, France
In 2009, I settled into Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley, with a "just do it" attitude. As it all began to evolve, the following is what I’ve adopted as my methodology, for the last many years. I do my best to understand the strength of the terroir and work with it in harmony
• Managing specifically chosen sites, sustainable farming practices
• Encouraging maximum flavors through low yields
• Realizing that I would have to work with Mother Nature as my partner
• Minimizing technology and maximizing intuition andhands on practices
• Developing experience and integrity based on each new vintage
• Harnessing the beauty and majesty of Pinot Noir and other grape, with which I have chosen as “partners.”
These are the methods that will continue to evolve, ad infinitum for Aberrant Cellars.