November 1, 2017

Dear Friends of Shibumi Knoll Vineyards,

I write a very different note than any of us could possibly have imagined.  First Shibumi Knoll is fine and my beloved Buena Tierra Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyard is safe.  This past weekend the sky is finally blue and the sun is shining bright on our beautiful area, such a welcome sight to behold.  I feel joy and grateful that we have been spared.  The other side, however is so sad for so many others who lost everything and some their lives.  The effort to save lives and property was so valiant in such extreme conditions it boggles the mind.  We send our love and hope to all who are suffering.

Humbled in Napa Valley, Joann Serafini Ross


Fall 2017 Offering

Each year I look forward to seeing the grapes ripen into the beautiful, ripe bunches that will become our Napa Valley wines.  The wine that comes from this year’s harvest is an untold story. What will the harvest yield?  Will it be a bold year, a more delicate year or a magic year? We all have to be patient and wait, but no more waiting is necessary for the 2014 Shibumi Cabernet and Pinot Noir.

It really is exciting when a new vintage is ready to be released. The anticipation of tasting the wines for the first time is like opening a gift.  Before I write the tasting notes, I have fun getting to know the vintage through tastings with friends and family.  I feel like a Zen, mad scientist with an experiment, delving into the complexities of the wine to try to capture the experience on paper.  At the end, I hope to yell, “Eureka! I’ve found the words to describe the magic elixir!”

I am so happy with all the 2014 vintages and can’t give enough thanks to all the wonderful, talented people who make these beautiful wines for Shibumi.  I know you will enjoy drinking the Cabernet and Pinot Noir all year as well as our magical Chardonnay.  I wish for a year of hope and love for us all and for our world.

Joann Serafini Ross
Proprietor, Shibumi Knoll Vineyards


 Tasting Notes


2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

The first opening of the 2014 Cabernet was at an Italian restaurant in Napa.  It was shy at first sip, but refreshing, delicious and delicate, yet sophisticated with complex flavors belying its youth.  A smile came to our faces immediately with a knowing nod that this is and will be a really good vintage.  The appetizer came, a decadent foie gras pizza, and the combo was outstanding.  The Cabernet brought forth an earthy, leathery nose with a velvet mouth feel.  As the dinner went on, the wine opened up with black current, tobacco and a burst of flavors on the back of the throat.  We all agreed we loved the wine from the start and it just got better and better, you cannot go wrong.  It’s that wonderful, relaxing glass of wine where you can sit back and enjoy the balanced sensation of great flavors, a real pleasure.


2014 Pinot Noir

The first tasting of the 2014 Pinot Noir was the next night at Shibumi Knoll with friends.  The dinner was simple with my garden tomatoes, mozzarella, and watermelon salad aside good old-fashioned hamburgers on the grill.  Pinot is such a beautiful wine; it stands alone and offers an experience that should be part of a wine lover’s cellar.  Pinot brings thoughts of beautiful, soft summer nights and glowing holiday dinners.  The sophistication was one of my late husband’s most loved characteristics of wine and I grew to understand why.  When you pour Pinot, it has such a, well, pinot smell that fills me with memories and a longing to taste.  It is delicate and delicious, but intense and bold at the same time. You taste cherry, plum and peach, but then the complexity comes on with fig and spice, white pepper, gingerbread and rose.  There is a warm silky finish that fills your senses.  This wine is one to be experienced and loved. It will fill your heart and make you smile.

2014 Chardonnay

Our Chardonnay in glass has a rich golden complexion, beckoning you to taste. You can smell the delectable notes of warm vanilla, honey pomelo with a hint of flirtatious spice. As you taste the wine, elements of lemon, green apple and grapefruit, kissed by a floral blush are immediately sensed by your palette only to be balanced by warm caramel. The mouth feel is warm and luscious as the finish plays out with a clean, fresh sensation. The wine is balanced and complex making it drinkable now and will carry on beautifully for years to come.