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MOST RECENT

RAEN | Post harvest shout out to Mel. This was her second vintage with us and her value add to our farming, winemaking and everything that RAEN stands for has been incredible. A great team is so important to realize great wine from great sites. Thank you Mel 🍷🍷🍷🙌 #raentowine

The RAEN winemaking team having a mid fermentation meeting | 🙌 #harvest2018 #raentowine

The RAEN winemaking team AM meeting | first firm is kicking after 8 days of finding its bearings and is now properly ripping. 🙌😎 the aromas are quite intoxicating (in the best of ways!). Mother Nature has been so good to us this year. Never can thank her enough for a good vintage ❤️🙏🏼#raentowine

RAEN winery | harvest day ☝️ | I call this the magic Swan - Clone | The history of this beautiful pinot noir bunch is shrouded in mystery and hard to point with certainty where the clone originated. One reason might be because of its link to one of the worlds most historical vineyards in Burgundy, DRCs' Romanée-Conti.  Without having this confirmed, nor denied what I did dig up is that the final selection of this clone was made by two legendary winemakers, André Tchelistcheff (my grandfathers pal) and Joseph Swan back in 1969. Who brought the original wood over and under what terms is still not certain.
Almost as mysterious as how I pulled this cluster from the tank with my mind (of course no one was looking). In observation and upon tasting, what we have are small, dark, tightly bunched berries with incredible flavors, beautiful tannin structure, balanced acidity and promise. Needless to say our 2018 harvest has officially kicked off for our small cellar at RAEN and we think it’s pretty foxing swanky. #raentowine #swanclone 🙌😜

Dipping into our RAEN library is a rarity as we lock these babies away in our cellar with the hopes to file them away for decades to come 🍷🍷🍷. Every now and then we get a good excuse to open them, in-fact this was the first full verticale of all three bottlings we produce. Even with 5 years of age the edges, corse tannins and youthful elements have begun to evolve allowing the wine to come into focus and harmonize. The 1978 was made by my father Tim (he no longer makes Pinot Noir but his heart is still very much in Pinot and was definitely showing in the 78), this wine still had so much energy and was 👌. Looking forward to revisiting these wines in the decades to come. When the dust builds up and surrounds us I hope someone will find a nice cool bottle in a dark cellar and enjoy it. #raentowine

RAEN Bloom | Set go… Grateful for what seems to be a good start to this growing season here in our vineyards. We are in full bloom, which means all of the little caps hiding the flowers have fallen away revealing the female pistil and the male pollen-carrying stamen. Grape-flowers are thankfully a perfect flower meaning it has the ability to set itself without being dependent on bees, butterflies and other pollinators. With that said we are dependent on the all mighty Mother Nature to provide warm even weather and certainly can benefit from a bee 🐝 or two. We are not totally through the woods but these healthy looking flowers and beautiful weather are giving ease to the helpless pressure one feels this time of year. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 #makingraen #raentowine #pinotnoir

RAEN Bloom | Set go… Grateful for what seems to be a good start to this growing season here in our vineyards. We are in full bloom, which means all of the little caps hiding the flowers have fallen away revealing the female pistil and the male pollen-carrying stamen. Grape-flowers are thankfully a perfect flower meaning it has the ability to set itself without being dependent on bees, butterflies and other pollinators. With that said we are dependent on the all mighty Mother Nature to provide warm even weather and certainly can benefit from a 🐝 bee or two. We are not totally through the woods but these healthy looking flowers and beautiful weather are giving ease to the helpless pressure one feels this time of year. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 #makingraen #raentowine #pinotnoir

Beautiful cold, foggy morning out on the Sonoma Coast today. Right now our native cover crop has a bunch of these coastal yellow brush lupines. These lupines are effective nitrogen fixers, improve soil aeration, soil nutrients, prevent erosion and help increase our over all organic soil matter. They bring in all sorts of pollinators and beneficial insects that ward off the pests making our job more enjoyable and easier. Needless to say they are not just beautiful but also an important element to what will eventually become our 2018 RAEN wine. 🌱🌼🌻🍷🙌#raentowine #pinotnoir

Beautiful cold, foggy morning out on the Sonoma Coast today. Right now our native cover crop has a bunch of these coastal yellow brush lupines. These lupines are effective nitrogen fixers, improve soil aeration, soil nutrients, prevent erosion and help increase our over all organic soil matter. They bring in all sorts of pollinators and beneficial insects that ward off the pests making our job more enjoyable and easier. Needless to say they are not just beautiful but also an important element to what will eventually become our 2018 RAEN wine. 🌱🌼🌻🍷🙌#raentowine #pinotnoir

RAEN winery | RSR under the vine weed managment pass 1 | 🙌 this past week we removed the under-vine growth as a first pass. We will make one more pass before harvest to pull weeds away from the fruit zone. Grateful for this native cover-crop and the spring rains we have been getting. #growingseason #spring #raentowine

Drain & Press | This week has been incredible. Mother Nature has transformed 2017 from spring flowers to green berries, into dark blue & black ripe juicy pinot noir clusters. At this moment of “ripeness” we head into the vineyard and pick under the moon in the darkness of the cool night. Once in the winery and after sorting clusters the final stage of alchemy begins… this is where the sun sweetened water turns into wine (raen to wine). In this photo you are looking at our Royal St. Robert whole clusters that have just gone through natures alchemy. This young wine is full of life and at its most intense power packed state. The berries and wine is loaded with incredible antioxidants, all of its l-malic acid that will convert to lactic acid in barrel (softening the wine), the tartaric acid is at its highest point and of course the tannins are youthful, coarse, unresolved and incredibly powerful. This will all change over winter as the the malic acid converts to lactic acid, the tannins evolve, soften and the wine evolves into a final wine. Draining & Pressing is where we have arrived at the moment when we feel the juice has extracted the perfect amount of flavor from the skins, seeds, stems and natural flora that arrived earlier on the berries. At this moment we open up the bottom valve and separate the juice from the skins draining the tank. Once this is done we take all the clusters that are left behind and press them to get the remaining flavorful wine. This wine is known as the “pressed wine". Pressed wine often has more power, tannin and energy and if pressed too hard can have too much. Many winemakers love the press cuts, some prefer the free run and most like some blended balance of the two. At the press you have many small and important decisions to make. How hard do you press? When do you make press cuts, or do you make any press cuts? If you make cuts do you combine them right away or keep them separate? Needless to say this is a magical time and a moment to celebrate as we pass another year on earth doing the best we can. All we can say is thank you Mother Nature. #harvest2017 #raentowine #thankyoumothernature

RAEN | Clone 777 | A member of the well-known and propagated Dijon Selections. These selections came about in the 1950s at the University of Dijon by professor Dr. Raymond Bernard during a time when the vines of Burgundy showed lots of viral disease, harvests were late and the fruit was very susceptible to mildew pressure and rot. At this time Dr. Bernard searched the vineyards taking buds from vines showing no evidence of disease and lower sings of rot to establish a natural pedigree or selection of vines that would resist the challenges nature can throw at us. Of the selections 777 tends to be a bit larger in cluster size and weight with thicker skins, bigger tannins and often times yields powerful wines. As a result gentle, softer, extractions are ideal when working with 777. This will be one small pick of 777 that we have for RAEN. So far all of our 2017 fruit is looking and tasting phenomenally.

Per a question that came into my direct feed: Clonal Selections are similar to heirloom tomatoes or agricultural fruit trees. Vines are grown from cuttings of other vines and rarely from seeds. Thus a grape clone is simply a genetic cutting from its parent vine, which at one point in time, for this cluster was in the hands of Dr. Raymond. Who would have known that this mans cuttings and work would become so prolific in the winegrowing community. #raentowine #harvest #777

RAEN || Swan - Clone || What I am holding in my hand is the genetic material known as Swan Clone. The history of this beautiful pinot noir bunch is shrouded in mystery and hard to point with certainty where the clone originated. One reason might be because of its link to one of the worlds most historical vineyards in Burgundy, DRCs' Romanée-Conti.  Without having this confirmed, nor denied what I did dig up is that the final selection of this clone was made by two legendary winemakers, André Tchelistcheff and Joseph Swan back in 1969. Who brought the original wood over and under what terms is still not certain.
In observation what we have are small, dark, tightly bunched berries with incredible flavors, beautiful tannin structure (that could over power if not extracted properly), balanced acidity and promise. Similar to the mystery of the parentage I found many peoples perception of this clone to be all over the place. That is most likely due to the phenotype, which is the representation of a genotype in a certain environment. Thus far our first in as 2017 harvest is kicking off for us at RAEN. #raentowine #swanclone 🙌

RAEN Winery | Preparing for Harvest 2017. Today was our first day of steaming and going over our barrel program. This gives us a chance to make sure all of our cooperage is clean, smelling good and pulling a seal. This also gives us a chance to make sure they are up to snuff and declassify any barrels that don’t make the cut. Our dream barrel for Pinot Noir is coming from clean French barrels that have already given off all the new barrel phenolic aldehydes like vanillin (vanilla character) or lactones that can make delicate wines taste vanilla, spicy and dull. For Pinot Noir these aldehydes typically mask and over power the delicate notes that we find to be most the most captivating and interesting in wine. #harvest2017 #raentowine

RAEN | the views from the Sonoma Coast never disappoint. I took this shot on our way to walk Home Field Vineyard out in Fort Ross Seaview. #westsonomacoast #pinotnoir #hellofaview #raentowine 🍷🇺🇸

RAEN | Press Check. At our printers today looking at some of the labels they printed spanning back to my great-grandfather and grandfathers era. The Vin ROSE label from Krug was printed in 1962 for the 1961 vintage. Our first vintage of RMW back in 1966 and RAEN were both printed here. It is awesome that they are going strong as a family business and we are still working together 4 generations later. #family #raentowine #pinotnoir

RAEN flights and good times this Wednesday! 6pm doors open. See you there! (sit down tasting at 5pm sold out) 🍷🍷🍷☺ #cadetevents #raentowine

RAEN flights and good times this Wednesday! 6pm doors open. See you there! (sit down tasting at 5pm is sold out) #cadetevents #raentowine

Extraordinary evenings start with exceptional company. Umberto and Carlo, then add beautiful food and wine. Buon appetito! ❤🍷🍝
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