|Ray Signorello Jr.|
The changes Ray has implemented would literally be impossible for a winery that wasn’t self-financed. Try telling your banker that you’re going to cut production by 90% without cutting costs and wait for the laughter to subside before explaining that you’re serious. Ray instructed his winemaking team that anything less than the very top cut of fruit was no longer good enough for their Estate-tier wines and would be sent elsewhere. He then brought on Luc Morlet (Peter Michael, Staglin, Newton) as a consultant to help with the nuts and bolts cellar changes. Luc doesn’t hitch his name and reputation to a project unless he believes in its potential, and he saw what was possible on the property.
The wineries of the Silverado Trail just south of the Stags Leap District have never really received the sort of press and attention that their terroir deserves largely because no one has ever played a hand like this before. Kudos to Signorello for their moxie in proving that this section of the Valley can compete with the big boys.
--Rhett Gadke, Wine Director