' Caraccioli Cellars - Methodology
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Methodology


Caraccioli Cellars celebrates the quality of our Santa Lucia Highlands' grapes by focusing on highlighting the varietals. Our fruit centric wines showcase the high caliber of our vineyards, both estate and sourced. Caraccioli Cellars allows the essential flavors of the fruit to boldly shine through the wine, leading to subtle variation from year to year.
Caraccioli Cellars' wines begin in the vineyard under the meticulous supervision of Michel and Scott. Our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are hand picked and placed in small totes.
By not using large bins we are able to limit incidental stress and pressure on the grape, thereby limiting premature crushing and juicing. These labor-intensive procedures ensure the rich expression of full fruit flavors while eliminating any undesirable notes.  The boutique nature of Caraccioli Cellars enables us to use barrel fermentation for not only the still wines but also the Brut Cuvee and Brut Rosé. Our use of the finest French Oak allows us to round the edge and integrate the flavor profile ultimately deliver a distinctly smooth and supple wine.