RAEN stands for Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally and reminds us that rain becomes wine in our vineyards.
As winemakers and farmers, Carlo and Dante attribute a great deal of what they have learned to their grandfather Robert and father Tim, who both influenced them from a young age.
Carlo and Dante’s father Tim was a pioneer for California Pinot Noir in the early 1970s and has always had a tremendous regard for the great wines of Burgundy. To this day his Pinot Noirs from the 1970s are showing incredibly well. Carlo and Dante credit their father’s passion for Pinot Noir as the early inspiration that got them excited at a young age.
Dante studied abroad in Switzerland at the Webster University in Genève as well as at UC Davis in California. Carlo studied in France at the University of Aix-en-Provence and in Italy at the University of Milan.
After their formal studies were complete, Carlo and Dante continued their educational work with the winemaking team lead by their father Tim Mondavi at Robert Mondavi Winery and Opus One. When Robert Mondavi Winery was sold in 2004, the brothers joined their father Tim, aunt Marcia and grandfather Robert to found Continuum in 2005.
In 2013 Carlo and Dante founded the RAEN winery with the goal of producing world class Pinot Noir on the western hills of the Sonoma coast. RAEN currently focuses on making three Pinot Noirs, from three unique sites on the coast.
Our Home Field Vineyard is pure elegance. Situated within a remote hillside, planted under two miles from the cool Pacific Ocean, Home Field offers a delicate message from its beautiful, raw expanse.
Notes and Reviews
James Suckling (97)
This has impressive, fragrant complexity with an abundance of sweetly spiced red cherries and wild berries. Super expressive nose. The palate is seamlessly delivered with pristine red cherries and a smoothly layered texture that has been expertly crafted. Stunning Sonoma Coast pinot. Drink or hold.
The Wine Advocate (94+)
Pale to medium ruby-purple coloured, the 2016 Pinot Noir Home Field Vineyard gives up notes of black tea, scorched earth, raspberries and wild blueberries with fragrant wafts of lilacs and rose hips plus a suggestion of charcuterie. Medium bodied, intensely fruited and tightly wound, the palate is taut, muscular and lively with bags of energy down the long, perfumed finish.
|Grape Varieties||Pinot noir|
|Age of Vines||30 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picked, 80% whole bunch, fermentation with indigenous yeast and extended maceration. MLF in barrels.|
|Elevage||14 months in French oak barrels (10% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Well-drained decomposing iron-rich sandstone of the Franciscan series. South-east exposure.|