Lush, energetic wines from Sonoma Valley.
Tin Barn was founded in 2000 by Toronto native Mike Lancaster on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma, bordering the Carneros appellation. After working briefly in Niagara, he attended UC Davis, graduating in 1993. Mike’s first official winemaking role was with Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma, then Quail Ridge in Napa, where he became head winemaker until 1999.
Tin Barn’s first vintages were made in a leased space. An efficient, custom-designed winery was completed in 2005, providing an ideal facility for small-lot winemaking. Patz & Hall, Three Sticks and Bedrock Wine Co are all in the same complex. Single-vineyard wines — including Sauvignon Blanc, 2 Zinfandels, Pinot Noir, and a stunning Syrah (from a vineyard on Tin Barn Rd. on the Sonoma Coast) follow the winemaker’s philosophy for expressing the local character of Sonoma and Carneros sites. Only the Cab combines the fruit of two exceptional vineyards: Pickberry on Sonoma Mountain and Arrowhead in Sonoma Valley. Total annual production is about 5,000 cases.
And while Tin Barn is his own project (with Toronto, UK and Swiss partners), Mike is in-demand as a consulting winemaker. The design of the winery allows him to ‘custom crush’ for a handful of premium brands — you’d be surprised to learn some of the ‘cult wines’ made here under Mike’s respected mentorship. Tin Barn also created the ‘R8 Wine Co.’ negociant brand, providing outstanding wines designed for restaurants at approachable prices.