In our pursuit of wine quality, we are in the enviable position of being able to control not only our fruit source, but also our wood source. In the early 90s, the brothers Molnar lived and worked in Budapest, Hungary. The Berlin Wall had recently fallen, and Peter took the lead in "re-discovering" a reputable cooperage that – due to Communism – had fallen on hard times. The Molnars began importing barrels to Napa Valley and beyond, and some twenty years later are owners of the Kádár cooperage in partnership with Taransaud, the famed French cooperage.
The source of the oak used to make our barrels is critical to the evolution of our wines. Like many winemakers, we speak passionately and often about the natural singularities of place. How place influences the way we farm and harvest and ferment and, ultimately, shape the character of our wines. But the importance of place extends beyond the vineyards.
Each year, we walk the forests of Hungary just as we walk the vineyards of Carneros and the Mayacamas, selecting the finest oak for our barrels. This simple philosophy extends to our Kádár Hungary cooperage: great oak makes for great flavors. And our attention to the growth, harvest, and transformation of wood to barrel directly affects our ability to produce exceptional wines.