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- Trail Marker was born in 2012 when Emily Virgil and Drew Huffine bought 1 ton of Chardonnay from the remote Manchester Ridge vineyard located at high elevation up in the Mendocino Ridge AVA.
- The goal of Trail Marker is to work with cooler, coastal sites where flavor development occurs at lower sugars, and the resulting wines are more about finesse and delineation than about brawn. The cellar techniques carry this philosophy forward with "hands-off" winemaking, including fermentations with indigenous yeasts, minimal handling in the cellar, and little or no new oak.
- Their dream of producing small lots of high elevation Chardonnay and Pinot Noir has expanded to include the Santa Cruz Mountains with Chapel, Klink and Saveria vineyards.
- Drew and Emily are ferreting out some of the most exciting and unique vineyards in the spirit of the name "Trail Marker", which reflects the search for these special places where man and nature meet in a time and place that creates the essence of the vintage and vineyard in each bottle produced.