October 31, 2020
Dear Friends of Shibumi Knoll,
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir Fall Offer
I’ve put off writing my letter to you because I have been at a loss for words. This is not usual for me. My offer letters are more love letters telling of the year and the sentiments of the times. It’s been a rough year and then fires came to the valley again. This time the unthinkable came to pass. Fire coming into our valley racing down the hills and mountains. I got up Sunday morning September 27th and saw the eastern hills of the valley on fire and knew it was time to go. I packed up, as I have done so many times, and said goodbye to my beloved house and vineyard hoping I would see them again. Shibumi made it through thanks to our firefighters and neighbors who helped save our little slice of heaven. I’m one of the lucky ones and am so grateful. My heart goes out to so many who lost homes, wineries and dreams.
So here we are the little valley that could. Even after all that’s happened our valley is so beautiful and will go forward and it is. My Cabernet vineyard, that is in front of my home, was picked during the early fire in August. I don’t know yet if it will be ok. Thomas Rivers Brown is in a wait and see mode. He thinks it may be fine. The same goes for the Chardonnay. The 2020 Pinot Noir Riddle Vineyard did not fare as well so we will not be making this vintage. I’m not alone. As I walk my dogs through the vines so many grapes are left hanging a sad and strange site at this time of the year.
But we are an agricultural area and being farmers is a profession for the resilient and tough. Mother Nature holds the cards. As in past years the most resilient of all are the vines. They are a natural fire break. Many are singed but they held back the flames. They are special and are to be thanked for so many reasons. We will go on and be better than ever I know that for sure. As I said before the valley is still beautiful, fall is changing the leaves on the vines to a golden, red color which will blanket the valley floor. Come visit and enjoy, the valley awaits.
Kindness and Compassion for us all,
Joann Serafini Ross
Proprietor, Shibumi Knoll Vineyards
2017 Pinot Noir Riddle Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
This vintage is an old soul, a representation of new and old-world Pinot at its best.
The 2017 will be the first to come from Riddle Vineyard, Sonoma Coast. Thomas Rivers Brown, our winemaker, has so kindly offered to use grapes from his vineyard. We feel that the 2017 Pinot Noir is outstanding.
This Pinot Noir has a beautiful deep rich raspberry color. There are hints of cherry, plum, strawberry, raisin and rose petals on the nose. Lemon sage and an earthiness are evident on the palate with a nice pepper tickle on the back of the throat. This mouthfeel gradually segues into a smooth, gentle, and lingering finish you won’t want to go away. There’s a wonderful elegance in this gorgeous Burgundian Pinot. The taste will take you away and soothe your soul.
2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
This vintage of Cabernet is intense and delicious. It’s bold and earthy with a nose depicting that of our Napa terroir. You get hints of dirt, stone and turned soil. There’s balance and structure with tastes of plum and currant. The texture is smooth with a long mouth feel. This cabernet is the perfect wine for a candlelit winters’ night, with a huge roaring fire and a beautiful dinner of Filet mignon, roasted vegetables and a rich scrumptious chocolate dessert.
Please enjoy these beautiful wines.