Ancillary Cellars is a labor of love born from hands-on winemaking, stellar fruit and premium French Oak Barrels. Our winemaking techniques evolve from the same roots as wine for Carter Cellars and Myriad Cellars. Great fruit ushered naturally will produce wines true to site and inherent chemistry. We acquire vineyards that express themselves without manipulation and thus produce wines that we adore and also wines that push the envelope for California Pinot Noir. Wide open top fermenters are used to increase the cap to tonnage ratio which extracts all the fruit character and a little more tannin than smaller vessels. New French oak consisting of Remond Troncais Forest, François Frere Troncais Forest and Saury Immersion water bent barrels add subtle complexities while framing these elements into finished wines that are immensely and immediately pleasing, but will age gracefully for years in your cellar.