Kristie Tacey, winemaker and founder of Tessier Winery, is a microbiologist turned winemaker. A former published research scientist who studied protein pathways, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from her native Michigan to pursue a career in biotechnology, which included working on the Human Genome Project. Kristie eventually came to realize that wine making was her true calling and after working as operations manager and assistant winemaker at an award-winning East Bay winery, she started Tessier in 2009.
Tacey sources high-quality fruit from a strong network of farmers in the Russian River Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and El Dorado foothills to annually produce a total of about 750 cases. She uses minimal-intervention wine making techniques to showcase the unique characteristics of the grapes and the vineyards. For Kristie, sustainability is a priority — not only with the vineyards’ farming practices, but also by having long-term relationships with her growers and customers alike.
Planted in 1996 and again in 2004, Fenaughty Vineyard is situated at 2850 feet elevation on Aiken clay loam, volcanic debris and traces of granite, and sustainably farmed using only organic materials. The Grenache is head-trained and standing up to 7 feet high with 5′ by 10′ spacing. Alban clone and root stock 3309.
Wow! Such a display of purity and transparency! Restrained and precise. Harmonious and balanced. Strawberry – raspberry with floral-garrigue notes and hints of citrus. Nice long tapered tannin pulls everything together. Fermented with 25% whole cluster, and lovingly lady-foot-stomped (Kristie is not only a hands on winemaker…, ). Aged in neutral French oak barrels. 13.3% alcohol. 196 cases produced.