October 5th, 2018

Dear Friends of Shibumi Knoll Vineyards:

Looking out over the beautiful vineyards I know how lucky I am to live in this magnificent valley. Fall is my favorite time of the year for so many reasons. The leaves on the vines start to show hits of yellow and orange even as the ripe bunches of grapes hang heavy on the vines. There’s a calm in the air and an anticipation of when to pick. When the time comes, it’s done in the cool of night into the early morning. The lights go on and the quiet dance of fast, focused picking starts, one minute the grapes are there and the next the vines are bare.

Fall, brings reflection for me. The blue sky, soft breeze and oil painting scenery leave me to think about the past year and what I did; the fun, challenges, changes and accomplishments. These reflections take me back in time, remind me to stay in the present and look forward to the future.

Shibumi wines, I always say, have magic in them and lots of love. The 2015’s represent a great vintage. The current 2015 Chardonnay was released in April and is a beautiful representation of the Shibumi Style. It you haven’t tried it you must, as you will not be disappointed.

But fall brings out the 2015 Pinot Noir and 2015 Cabernet. I make only a small amount of each, about 200 cases total.

My late husband and I loved Burgundy so we decided to make Pinot just for fun starting in 2009. The Cabernet is a small vineyard on Shibumi Knoll. It represents the start of Shibumi in 2003.

I opened a bottle of the newest 2015 Pinot Noir and the 2015 Cabernet with a friend at dinner and then with a group of 6 customers at a tasting last week. I love tasting new vintages with others, discussing the flavors and style of the wine as we smell, swoosh and swill. Engaging in these fun and impromptu tastings begins the process of creating the tasting notes for the new vintages as wine is always a conversation waiting to happen.

Cheers to a beautiful fall and holiday season ahead,


Joann Serafini Ross
Proprietor, Shibumi Knoll Vineyards


 Tasting Notes

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 was a difficult year for yield but the wines are so extraordinary. We were only able to make 69 cases of this wonderful wine. It’s drinking beautifully now and I can’t wait to see how it will evolve in the coming years. I love my cabernet because the flavors are so delicious and balanced. Balance is so important and if you dont have that right out of the gate, the wine will not mature as well. This wine is exceptional.

Shibumi is known for it’s burgundian qualities and this wine speaks to that from the nose to the last sip. It has black current and blackberry aromas balanced with rocky earth tones. The velvety texture, complemented by nuances of allspice, white pepper, clove and orange peel provides a sensual mouth feel. It has a long, lovely finish. This wine will drink now and for years to come.


2015 Pinot Noir

Shibumi Pinot Noir is a delicate, beautiful wine. It’s a labor of love to maintain the true essence of what a Pinot Noir aspires to be.

The 2015 isn’t too big and bold but balanced, intense and rich with a velvet , vibrant taste filled with ripe red fruit.

The aromas of red cherries, cranberry, warm rhubarb and rose petals are perfectly balanced and gorgeous. The sensation is reminiscent of a gorgeous, smooth walk through the forest on a fall day. On the palate, you will experience subtle expressions of the woodsy floor as sweet fruit with deep layered intensity burst through. All the delicious flavors linger then give way to a long complex finish you want to experience again. The 2015 Pinot will drink beautifully now and will only get better and better.

This 2015 vintage has a deeper slightly more succulent profile than our other vintages before.