How did a student of history and a philosophy and music buff end up in Napa Valley making wine? It's simple: we followed our hearts! The story of Relic is the story of us: two dreamers following our passion, falling head-over-heels for the epic wines of our times and falling in love with each other. We make wine because we love it and find it mysterious yet deeply satisfying. On the one hand wine provides simple pleasure, something to be shared with friends and family, complementary to a great meal, and on the other hand can be a magnifying glass into the soul of a vineyard site.
We began Relic in 2001 with just a few barrels of Pinot Noir and have since continued to mine history for the old secrets in the making of Rhone varietals, Bordeaux varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. When we apply these traditional methods to our California climate, we find the resulting wines to be modern and vibrant, yet adamantly more complex and satisfying. Our goal is to make world-class wines that have all of the complexity, aromatics, nuance and concentration that one would expect from some of the best sites in Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast.