Relic

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    Relic was founded in Napa Valley in 2001 by husband and wife team Michael Hirby and Schatzi Throckmorton, with a focus on historic winemaking techniques. Inspired by a love of Burgundy, they began making a small amount of Pinot Noir, and have since continued to mine history for old secrets in the making of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast as well as Rhone and Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley, where their hillside cave winery is located.

When highly natural, traditional methods such as indigenous yeast fermentation, whole-cluster fermentation, extended lees ageing, minimal-intervention, etc. are applied to California’s great terroirs, the resulting wines are world-class, complex, layered, and vibrantly aromatic. The diverse vineyard sources are tended with the utmost care, and are always grown to Relic’s specifications of yield, light exposure, and irrigation. 

After gaining his degree in Philosophy from Colorado College, Michael worked for two years as a sommelier. Before moving to Napa Valley, he spent an extended period tasting with winemakers in France, where he learned that some contemporary winemaking rules are meant to be broken, and his traditional approach became entrenched. In additional to his role as co-owner of Relic, Michael is currently the consulting winemaker for D.R. Stephens Este, Husic Family Vineyards, Sarocka Estate, Wolf Family Vineyards, Flint Knoll, and MAZE, and was the consulting winemaker at Realm Cellars for eight years.

Schatzi gained a degree in History from Northwestern before moving to Napa Valley in 1999 to work harvest. Her skills were soon recognized, and she has been busy ever since. In addition to her role as co-owner of Relic, Schatzi is the Business Manager for Behrens Family Winery, where she has been for 17 years.

www.relicwines.com/ 

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