Not a lot of people know what they are going to do at 18 years old, but owner and winemaker Katy Wilson did. In her first class at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Agricultural Business 101, as the professor was listing off the careers you can have post-graduation, becoming a winemaker stood out in particular. Wine is agriculture and chemistry, social and innovative. As a winemaker, one is creative and scientific. It was a perfect fit and Katy has never looked back. After a long stint working for Flowers Winery in Russian River she decided her passion had to be taken out on her own. She named the winery after her grandmother, a strong and witty woman who carried herself with elegance and a humility that Katy will never forget. The Rice-Spivak vineyard is a small parcel located just south of the small town of Sebastopol in Sonoma County. The soil is Goldridge sandy loam and volcanic ash, perfectly distinctive and creates fruit with excellent acidity, freshness and unmistakable minerality. This 2014 is in its stride, showing depth of cherry-laden fruit, crunchy tannin and a richness that reminds us of why we fell in love with Pinot Noir in the first place.