Winemaker, Schermeister Cellars
It all started in Italy, where I fell in love with a simple approach to enjoying wine with great food and good company. Italian culture encourages consumption of wine by sipping for pure enjoyment. This revelation inspired me to bring that same sense of spirit to my own winemaking.
Country born: United States
Education: BS in Biochemistry, University of Idaho
Years in the wine industry: 8 years
Honors / Awards:
92 points, 2012 Pinot Noir, Wine Enthusiast
92 points, 2012 Pinot Noir, Prince of Pinot
I believe wine should be consumed slowly, so I aim to produce the very best flavors and aromas that one vineyard can provide. With this philosophy, my product becomes incredible wine produced in small quantities of Pinot Noir. I use a hands off approach with wild primary and secondary fermentation completely free of man-made yeasts and other chemicals. I believe consumers deserve to experience the height of individual terroir, which is the driving force behind my techniques.