Dear Friends,

I am excited to welcome you to the next chapter of CIRQ. Since my earliest days in the wine business, I’ve been passionate about crafting delicious wines from the very best Russian River Valley sites and connecting people to these places. This is what inspired me to start CIRQ in 2009. It’s what has motivated me to commit the wines to excellence since then.

Now CIRQ is my sole focus. In the summer of 2018, I established an estate hilltop winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley. This property is CIRQ’s new home. From here, I will continue the role of winemaker, putting my hands on every detail from vine to bottle. But I won’t be doing it alone. I’ve assembled a top-notch team to help me continue to make wines and deliver those wines at the highest quality level possible. Together, as we work on the evolution of CIRQ, this philosophy will guide us with the intent of exceeding your expectations in every aspect.

Our next release will represent the 2016 vintage. It will be comprised of two separate wines and will be available in July of 2019. The first of these wines comes exclusively from the Treehouse vineyard, while the second hails from Bootlegger’s Hill. These are two incredible sites that have been at the heart of the CIRQ program since the beginning. At this point, they’re like old friends. We look forward to releasing these wines next year and sharing them with you!

With the 2017 vintage, CIRQ will evolve down the path that is uniquely CIRQ.

Instead of producing two single-vineyard wines, with the 2017 vintage and beyond, we will make one wine — a blend. I like to think of this wine as the ultimate combination, hand-crafted with fruit from some of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. I personally have selected these properties, and I have selected grapes from the most prized blocks at each. In this sense, the 2017 vintage will feature the best of the very best. This wine will be available in 2020.

To experience these wines for yourself or to have continued access to CIRQ wines in the future, please create an account for the new CIRQ list by providing your information. As we embark on the next chapter for CIRQ, I look forward to sharing our upcoming releases, and extending your personal connection to us.

Michael Browne

Founder and Proprietor