I first met Chris Streiter in 2018 and was deeply impressed by his intuition and humility. The wines are also absolutely outstanding. They seem to have one hand holding onto tradition and one hand reaching to the future and new young generations reimagine what California can produce in extreme cool climate sights. This is a winery to watch.
"Senses Wines is the dream of three childhood friends. Chris, Max and Myles partnered with critically acclaimed winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, to produce world-class wines from renowned vineyards owned by their families. Since founding in 2011, Senses production has grown to include many coveted vineyard sites throughout northern California.
The Senses estate vineyards are located in the West Sonoma Coast region of Sonoma County, specifically in the small town of Occidental where the three founders grew up.
Our wines embody the natural and distinct characteristics of the vineyards from where the grapes are grown. Our team believes the vineyards are Senses’ greatest assets, and we meticulously farm each vine so the winemaking process can be as hands-off as possible. This approach ensures the complexity and finesse we expect for each wine, vintage after vintage.Grapes are hand sampled and harvested at ideal ripeness, cold-soaked for a few days, fermented with yeasts indigenous to the vineyard, and ultimately pressed and barreled into a selection of our favorite French cooperages.
The 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is an exciting addition to our line- up. We’re excited to feature some of our best Chardonnay vineyards in this bot- tling. It has more power than our Sonoma Coast but similar texture and balance. Fragrant notes of white flower jump out of the glass while hints of pear and peach bounce on the palate. The wine’s richness is moderated by its texture and smooth finish. Lemon zest and minerality complement the finish." -- Winery