In 2009 The Cranor family started its journey in the wine industry in the Livermore Valley. Since day one, our goal has been to produce world class Cabernet Sauvignon and find sustainable winegrowers to partner with. We have been long-time advocates of the unrecognized potential of this region.
At the core, the Livermore Valley has the microclimates and soil diversity to grow world class wines, and we have made it our priority to ensure our winemaking stands the test. At Nottingham, we work with vineyard partners that are committed to low yield, high-quality wine-growing to give us the opportunity to create a wine that reflects its origins. We implement fermentation techniques to help bring out the essence of each of these sights, and when necessary, age our wines in Oak barrels that elevate a vineyard's personality rather than mask it. We by no means consider ourselves “natural winemakers”, but we do utilize some techniques like native yeast and whole cluster red fermentations on wines that we think these techniques bring value. Our wines are fermented and aged in Micro-lots. Each vintage we assemble our wines in a way that best represents that specific time and place.
In 2019, after a decade of focusing purely on the world class vineyards in our home AVA, we decided to branch out and explore some of the most amazing Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Napa Valley, from the famed regions of Atlas Peak, St Helena and Rutherford. Making these wines side by side was an eye-opening experience, and we are still in the process of seeing how these wines progress. We couldn’t be more excited for the future as we dive deeper into these renowned growing regions.