Month: November 2012

Our Fall Release Announcement


Dear friends and wine enthusiasts,

We are pleased to announce the inaugural release of our wines available for sale today. We have worked tirelessly this past year to bring this dream to fruition, and are extremely excited at the opportunity to share these two wines with you. We know you will be pleased with the result: a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay representative of the best the Sonoma Coast has to offer.

Our 2011 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay displays a delicate, light straw color in the glass. It carries you through playful tropical fruit accents, subtle vanilla oak, and even floral underlinings of lavender and honeysuckle. Styled in a fresh Sonoma Coast style, this Chardonnay pays homage to its traditional Burgundy roots while remaining distinctly Californian.

The 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir strikes the glass with a toasted cranberry color and cherry blossom bouquet. Enjoy red cherry flavors evolving into a red raspberry mid-palate and finishing with hints of grapefruit zest and soft tannins. This wine represents the Sonoma Coast, a region that allows the fragile Pinot Noir grape to fully express its subtle character with a light acidity that carries through to the finish.

We are very pleased with how the wines turned out, and we know you will be too. Our 2011 vintage is very limited so be sure to get your order in as soon as possible; orders will be limited to 6 bottles of each varietal. Our Chardonnay will ship this month to arrive in time for Thanksgiving when ordered by November 15th. Our Pinot Noir will ship in December to arrive in time for Christmas when ordered by December 15th. Orders can now be taken at our

We thank you for being a part of our inaugural vintage and look forward to seeing you on the road to fine wine and good company!

For the Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Senses!

Thanks for staying connected on twitter and facebook and thanks to those who have already purchased wine – deliveries begin next week! You are now part of our wine family and we look forward to hearing how you enjoy our wines. These elegant wines are very food friendly and perfect for family dinners during the holiday season.

We are excited to announce coming partnerships with local restaurants and wine shops in Sonoma County and the San Francisco area. We are eager to make our wines available to the general public but with our limited inventory, we want to be sure we have enough wine for you to taste. We recommend ordering your wine as soon as possible to ensure you reserve an opportunity to experience our inaugural vintage and to excite your senses.

A few parting announcements:

      Holiday Orders

  • All orders purchased by Thursday (11/15) will begin shipping Friday
  • Please enjoy a case discount of 10% for orders totaling 12 bottles
    (coupon code: case)


  • Currently only shipping to CA addresses
  • Out of state purchasers can reserve their bottles by placing their order for will call, and will need to contact us directly to arrange for pick up. 
   Christopher Strieter      Max Thieriot       Myles Lawrence-Briggs

From the Vineyard Part 1

Hello and welcome to the first post from the vineyard side of things. My name is Myles Lawrence-Briggs, vineyard manager for Hillcrest Vineyard and co-founder of Senses. This is our blog where we will share our thoughts and experiences on our road to creating a unique and memorable wine for you to enjoy. Reading over some of the information on our website, I realized that maybe not everyone would know what things like a clone or a varietal are, so I thought I would explain a few things. Take a deep breath because I’m about to drop some education on you. Ready? Too bad, here we go.

What is viticulture? Viticulture is the scientific study of grapevines and vineyards. Basically horticulture specialized for grapes.

What are varietals? Varietals are the different types of grapes that make the wines we all enjoy so much. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon; these are all different varietals. Each bears different fruit that makes a unique wine. I don’t think anyone knows for sure how many different varietals there are in the world, but the number is well into the thousands. Most (if not all) varietals are of the Vitis vinifera species of grape vine, as this species creates the fruit best suited for wine making.

What are clones? In modern viticulture clones refer to sub-types of varietals. Pinot Noir, for instance, is just one varietal, but there are many different “clones” of Pinot Noir, such as Calera, 115, 777 and Swan to name a few. Clones are selected because they produced fruit or growth characteristics that differ from other clones of the same varietal. This can make for a wide difference in flavors in just a single varietal, and lots of confusion in the cellar!

So that’s it for part one of “from the vineyard.” I’ll be back later to answer more questions as they pop up. Our first orders will be shipping out Tuesday so look forward to receiving your wine on Wednesday, and everyone have a happy Thanksgiving!

-Myles Lawrence-Briggs