What kind of wine does a skateboarder make? Wines that have grip and structure and age well. Wines with elegance. In short, fine wine, dude.
Ryan Zepaltas moved from Wisconsin to Sebastopol, California after college to skate. Instead, he landed a job at La Crema as a harvest cellar hand. “I cleaned everything, did pumpovers, punchdowns, ran Chardonnay presses, all the harvest basics. Moved up to forklift jockey during the offseason. Good times. Great place to learn the basics, and that is where I fell in love with the process,” says Zepaltas.
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West of West 2014 in Review
Nice Review of our Devoto among other great wines at West of West Sebastopol 2014.
"2012 Zepaltas "Devoto Vineyard" Pinot Noir $45 Light garnet in the glass, this wine smells of zingy, tart raspberry fruit. In the mouth, fantastically bright raspberry fruit mixes with deep forest floor earthiness and dusty, fine-grained tannins. Phenomenal acidity makes the fruit and stone quality of this wine all but burst on the palate. Edgy and electrifying."