The majority of Ken’s 25+ years of winemaking experience have been centered in the Coombsville district. His first position in the Napa Valley, as Research Enologist at Domaine Chandon, provided a broad experience through interaction with a range of Napa and Sonoma wineries – all the while focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Through these shared experiences with others, he had the opportunity to taste and discover the exceptional quality and unique characteristics of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced from the Haynes Vineyard, planted in 1966. This inspired him in 1995 to plant, in partnership with Bill and Angela Mink, the Mink Vineyard that became the first Coombsville offering from Ancien. In a classic case of serendipity, he met Duncan and Patricia Haynes a few years later and in 1998 moved his winemaking operation to the Haynes Vineyard also serving as a consultant for the Haynes. Ancien now produces vineyard designates of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Old Vines at Haynes Vineyard as well.
In subsequent years, his Coombsville focus broadened to include acting as Consulting Winemaker for Richard Perry Vineyards in 2000, Tournesol Vineyard in 2003, and Porter Family Vineyard in 2005. His range of varietal experience in the Coombsville climateinclude Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and even a little Semillon, Viognier, and Dolcetto. He enjoys being a proponent of the versatility and unique characteristics of the volcanic soils, cool, andlong growing season in Coombsville.
ANCIEN — Coombsville