In 2011 Kate Kelly's, née Eschleman, father called her two weeks prior to harvest looking for some help in selling the current vintage of grapes. Instead of helping to find a buyer she and her four friends, Mike Kelly, Matt Kelly, Mark Freeman and Lonnie Buchanan, decided to use the fruit for themselves and take a crack at making their own wine. Spoiler: it's very hard to make wine.
Located on the east side of Sonoma nestled in what's called Pansey Valley sits Dick & Kathleen Eschleman's 1.25 acre vineyard of Merlot and Syrah vines. The vineyard was planted back in 2001 and has producing upwards of 2 tons of fruit per year.
Over the last 7 years there have been a lot of ups and downs; all five of the original members were married (up???), we lost Lonnie to Denver (down), Ben McMills gallantly stepped in to replace him (up)....hence, the crude photoshop above. We have been lucky to have great family and friends that have graciously helped us every year to harvest our grapes.
Just this past year we were able to jump through the many hoops to legally sell our wine to you! Congrats to you! We have two varietals, a 2014 Merlot and a 2016 Red Wine Blend. The blend is roughly 60% Merlot, 40% Syrah and both are very tasty.