The August Ridge mission is to produce wines that combine the robust styling of the best California wines with the restrained elegance of classic wines from northern and central Italy. Our selection includes sangiovese, nebbiolo, barbera, merlot, and arneis. Two reserve blends based on sangiovese and nebbiolo are planned with a first release in 2009. These wines are crafted by hand using small open top fermenters, a mixture of new French and neutral oak barrels and with a minimum of handling or disruption. These small lot techniques produce robust and elegant wines that fully express the August Ridge terroir.