AN ANCIENT CALDERA, volcanic soils, cooling bay fog…these are elements that can render a wine region like Coombsville unique. But to state the obvious, wine doesn’t make itself. It takes the hand of a master to wield those elements, to coax the best possible wine from that place and time.
On a Saturday night last April, a small group of such seasoned winemakers flanked a table tucked between rows of barrels in an old stone cellar (“1886” is carved over the door) near our Faust Vineyard. Their names might have been a cut-andpaste operation from a who’s who roster of Napa Valley talent. Hosting the gathering was Andy Erickson, whose résumé includes Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate, and Dalla Valle.