The philosophy of Emeritus Vineyards is influenced by our founding winemaker, McDonald “Don” Blackburn. Don, born in Virginia, studied and worked in Burgundy for many years before returning to the United States. He believed that when Pinot Noir achieves its highest expression, there is no wine that can compare with it. To achieve this distinction, the wine starts in the vineyard. The right combination of soil and climate is crucial to the vineyard’s expression of its terroir in the wine: Soil gives wine its character; Climate gives wine its personality; Man gives wine its spirit or style.
Emeritus wines reflect the character of the highly desirable Goldridge soils and the personality of the strong maritime influence. The style of Emeritus Pinot Noir is best described as one of elegance, balance, and especially charm.