October 14, 2021
Dear Friends of Shibumi Knoll,
October 1st comes around and the air changes with just a slight hint of a cool breeze. Geese appear flying overhead in their beautiful V formations, the beginnings of fall. Fall is such a wonderful time of year with all the colorful foliage, crisp air, gatherings of family and the joys of the holidays. We can’t forget pumpkin spice lattes, gingerbread men, roasted winter vegetables, crown roasts and of course fine wines. The 2018 Shibumi Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, simply beautiful and elegantly ready to grace your glasses and put smiles on your faces.
This year has been a good year in the valley. It felt like old, new times. So many of you that couldn’t come in 2020 came back to see me. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of you. Festivals, events, dinners and social gatherings happened all with strict covid guidelines. Everyone was eager to do what they had to do so we all felt safe. I hope you all had a nice year as well.
As I write this, bins and flood lights have already been dropped off and my cabernet has been handpicked, my Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have been picked as well. Shibumi is set in the middle of the valley floor surrounded by vineyards on all sides. To the north you can see vines as far as the eye can see. The picking of all the grapes continues many nights into early morning. I love the sounds in the pitch black, cool starlit nights. The guys and gals come in without a sound. The switch on the big lights goes on, turning the vineyard into what looks like a movie set. The only sounds are the heavy bins the grapes go in as they move them from the vineyards to the trucks, there’s something soothing about the process. It means we made it to harvest and the grapes are safe with the prospect of wonderful wines to come. Thank you to all the people that make Shibumi possible and thank you to my Shibumi loving customers.
The Concept of Shibumi
This year many people have asked me about the word Shibumi and not just Effortless Perfection but what the more in-depth meaning is. It’s been fun to think about this and dig deeper. The deeper meaning seems to be a place and state that only some might be able to achieve. Shibumi has been applied to gardens or architecture, where it connotes an understated beauty.
The Napa Valley is beautiful with the valley floor covered with green vines and plump ripe grapes. From the patio of Shibumi that feeling and understanding is realized.
But there is so much more to the concept, Shibumi has to do with great refinement underlying commonplace appearances. Shibumi is understanding, rather than knowledge. Eloquent silence. In art it takes the form of Sabi, it is elegant simplicity, articulate brevity. It is being without the angst of becoming. In the personality of a person it is authority without domination. One does not achieve it, one discovers it. In personality it’s of overwhelming calm.
Imagine if the world took on a little Shibumi.
All my best to you,
Joann (Serafini) Ross
2021 Shibumi Knoll Vineyards Fall offer
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2018 Cabernet is OMG! The nose is delicious, velvet rose petals begging to be inhaled again and again. Upon the first sip, you are hooked, a smooth beautiful wine mature beyond its time. On the nose, there are hints of cranberry and allspice with a warm, lingering luscious sensation on the palate. This elegant, beautiful ruby colored wine is destined to be an absolute favorite!
Winemaker – Thomas Brown
Varietal -100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Yield – 124 Cases
2018 Pinot Noir
The 2018 vintage is a beautiful example of rustic, earthy Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir at its finest with a smooth elegance that exemplifies Shibumi Knoll wines. The Pinot Noir has a deep, beautiful rich garnet color. There are hints of fennel, licorice, fig, plum, apricot and ripe berries. There is a lovely finish that keeps the flavors lingering just long enough until you take that second sip of delight.
Winemaker – Thomas Brown
Varietal – 100% Pinot Noir
Yield -114 Cases