becoming Simon Levi and Cuttings Wharf winemaker, Rebecca and her
husband began their own winemaking adventure over 14 years ago.
The Kisaichi’s made up their minds one day to give up a comfortable
lifestyle and leave Japan
order to try their hand at making wine. Their approach was anything
in 1991, when they packed up and left for Bourgogne, France during
the Gulf War, their family & friends called the scheme a "maboroshi"
of a dream, a frivolous hallucination, but to Tom & Rebecca
it was the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.
Ten years later, after chasing this vision, it became a reality
for the Kisaichis. In retrospect, this is why they named the wine
"Maboroshi". It is their passion for wine that has driven
them this far. This drive comes from the desire to make small lots
of great wine that they can enjoy as well as share with new friends
all over the world.
Tom's initiation to old-world winemaking under the instruction of
Charles Rousseau, proprietor of Gevrey-Chambertin's Domaine Armand
Rousseau laid the foundation for the Kisaichi's eventual move to
California. While studying winemaking & microbiology: Tom worked
from the bottom up starting as cellar worker at Stonestreet Winery
and eventually becoming an enologist at Michel-Schlumberger Winery
in Healdsburg, California.
Rebecca's true interests developed and led her to the study of viticulture
and winemaking. Through good friends & acquaintances and perhaps
a lot of luck, she's worn many hats while working and consulting
with some of the top winemakers, grape growers and viticulturists
of both Napa & Sonoma counties.
Although their focus is on Bordeaux style Napa Valley Reds, they
have recently obtained a hillside Pinot Noir vineyard in the Sonoma
Coast/ Russian River Valley area, which should take them back to
their initial burgundian winemaking style.
We highlight their current releases for your enjoyment:
Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes
Merlot Tasting Notes
Cellars • 9380 Sonoma Hwy. Kenwood, CA 95452 • phone:
707-833-5070 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org