Our family reserves the Conway label for exceptional barrels in our cellar that have been hand-selected to offer the utmost in quality, character and agebility. Our first vintage of Conway was created in 2009, in honor of our father, Christopher Conway, who has maintained a passion for California Cabernet Sauvignon throughout his lifetime.
The first vintage of Conway was reserved for three Napa Valley Cabernets from highly regarded vineyard sources in the Rutherford, Atlas Peak, and Napa Valley AVAs. For subsequent vintages we sourced grapes closer to home, in the Happy Canyon, in Santa Barbara County. We have since determined that Santa Barbara is where we will continue to source grapes for the Conway label, since we believe whoheartedly in the future and quality of this region. We are proud to produce Santa Barbara wines under our namesake label with grapes from Santa Ynez, Sta. Rita Hills, the Santa Maria Valley, and the Happy Canyon.
This Reserve bottling was created by allowing our favorite barrels of the vintage to age an additional 8 months in predominately new French Oak. The result is a wine that displays an elegant and balanced integration of fruit and spice.
The Pinot Noir grapes for our inaugural vintage of Conway Pinot Noir are sourced from the acclaimed Santa Maria Valley Goodchild Vineyard. Fermented on the skins, this Pinot Noir retains delicate tannins while displaying a visually beautiful ruby red color in the glass. We love producing Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County, and it was a special opportunity to work with this site. The coloration is somewhat deceiving, because the wine itself is surprisingly delicate and restrained. Barrel aged for 10 months in French Oak, this wine is recommended to be enjoyed on its own, or with light fare. Classic fruit aromas such as cherry and strawberry are present, with a hint of vanilla and pomegranate. Silky smooth tannins, bright cherry fruit and balanced acidity make the 2013 Conway Pinot Noir, Goodchild Vineyard one of our favorite Pinot Noir offerings to date. The special label signifies its quality, and it stands out as one of the best bottlings in our portfolio of wines.