Wine like art is raw It requires years of hard work It has a high likelihood to fail It is subjective at best It isn’t always pretty Like art, for every good or great wine that is made there have been thousands of failures. I believe Warhol chose the name the factory to mock the critics and the establishment To mock the stuffy pretense associated with fine art By definition a factory churns out product Art like wine is, but is not, a product.

L’usine is the French word for “The Factory” It is an homage to all the Warhols of the world All those with disdain for the status quo of a defined or insinuated model All of those with the defiant nature shared by artists and winemakers past and present.

“Good artists borrow, great artist steal”
I want to be a thief

– Dave Phinney

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l’usine Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017

WINEMARKER’S NOTES To the eye, a lucid crimson sits in the glass. Aromatics of ripe cranberries, forest floor, morels and a touch of bramble engage. The wine slips onto the palate with a silky, enveloping balanced and riveting, the wine closes with concentration and finesse – an exemplar of drinkability. Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir Alcohol: 15.4% Maturation: Aged 9 months in French Oak, 78% New
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l’usine Annapolis Vineyard Sonoma County 2017

WINEMARKER’S NOTES Nuance and Intrigue characterize the wine, starting with a dark crimson and a ruby rim but manifested by the aromatics: white pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, pine resin and crème de menthe. An entry dominated by a bright acidity, the mid-palate explores characteristics of rhubarb, savory and a hint of wild strawberry with a long finish indicative of graceful aging. Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir Alcohol : 15.9% Maturation: Aged 9 months in French Oak, 42% New
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l’usine Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

WINEMARKER’S NOTES The blend exhibits darker aromatics of blueberry, raspberry, black pepper, vanilla crème and a slight funk. The entry is refined yet immense with flavors of redcurrant, cherry tart and traces of spice that follow through to the mid-palate. The backbone of acidity and a lengthy finish sets up the wine to age for many years. Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir Alcohol: 14.1% Maturation: Aged 10 months in French Oak, 60% New
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