In 2010 I began to collaborate with "Food and Wine Magazine Winemaker of the Year, Aaron Pott,” (I called him "enfant terrible”). It was to be an “art project” in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley; small barrel productions of Oakville, Stags Leap, and St Helena, Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as proprietary Red Wine Blends. We were inspired by terroir, iconic vineyards, and later the artistic dark poetry of the Welshman Dylan Thomas. At first I took the nom de guerre “Morgan Wright” (my grandfather) as the vintner for the project. I needed to separate myself from the commercial ventures I had become known for and cast aside ancien regime. We sourced from growers we have known for decades and explored blocks of vineyards that had the age and pedigree that would meet our expectations. Aaron traveled to France to hand select the French oak with Merindier Jean-Louis Bossuet. I spent close to a year, tasting our small barrel cuvees, and designing the label, and together one day we realized that Dylan’s Ghost was born. These wines were deep and dark, reflecting both terroir and Aaron's approach to winemaking with out intervention. Robert Parker simply stated "Monster" and "Impressive" They seemed to capture Thomas's quote "Do not go gentle into that good night" and as for me, these wines, this project and the story behind it all can be summarized by another of Dylan's oeuvre;
"With in me lies a beast, an angel and a madman...and my efforts are their self expression."
Well these are mine. Joseph Carr