We have been working in the winery, one day here, another day there, for weeks-- preparing for this. On the 9th of January, we spent a wonderful, dizzying day, sampling individual barrels, mixing blends, tasting them, celebrating some surprises-- and mourning others. One wine did not make our standards this year: there will be no 2013 Gemella. But the rest are spectacular. Bottling makes it Spring for us; no winter now.
A few day ago, I flew to Los Angeles to give another lecture: the second on this year's tour, but a radically new lecture. It was a risk and it succeeded; this too was dizzying. I spoke of the mood and constellation of my soul as I learned to make wine, and how that has determined what we do in the Project. The whole aim is a kind of exultation in the face of fragility that would not be foreign to the Ancient Greeks.
This is a strange enterprise: reflecting on tragedy and making wine. I am happy now to pursue their connection more vocally, openly. You have come to the portal that allow us to share the fruits of this enterprise with you. Precisely because of its somewhat uncommon nature-- a devotion to small, uncommon vineyards, but also to working with a taste for tragedy-- because of this uncommon focus, we ask you to support and consume our work as a whole. This means that we do not offer you individual bottles for sale. We ask you to buy all of our wines together, just was we conceive of them and make them. Because we make some of the wines in vanishingly small quantities, we can offer only a limited number of complete packages. In this release, the maximium number is 212. On the whole, only a few hundred people buy our wine each year.
You will see that we have also offered a package of the somewhat less rare wines in the release. We have a few more of these packages. You will also see that for the first time, we are finally offering a subscription to our releases. This is experimental, and we have offered only a limited number of them this year-- until we are sure that we know what we are doing.