The Ghostwriter is about Santa Cruz and it's many terriors, old heritage vineyards, and the light, acid driven, pretty, perfumey style of wine that it is capable of. "Ghostwriter" represents the idea that a wine may be the pages that contain a story, but that the story itself belongs to the sites, the vines, and the vintage. The winemaker, when successful, may be a lively storyteller, but only that.
Ghostwriter is part of the The Hobo Wine Company... the brainchild, side job, menace to the wine industry, hedged bet, cash strain, mental anguish, late night musing, bruised hands, dirty t-shirts, and constant companion of Kenny Likitprakong. Despite knowing better, he started his own label in 2002 with the simple idea to have some good fun.
2015 CHARDONNAY, SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
90% from the Woodruff Family Vineyard & 10% from Amaya Ridge. Both lots were co-fermented in a concrete egg. The wine is very long and mineral driven with acid to age well. 201 cases produced.
2015 PINOT NOIR, SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Blend of 5 vineyard sites, creating a sturdy, but light and lively Pinot Noir
400 cases produced.
2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BATES RANCH,
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
10% whole cluster, 25% new French oak, aged 19 months in the cellars
342 cases produced
Hobo is Kenny's tribute and homage to a freedom and an era that he grew up romanticizing. He spent a lot of his late teens and early twenties chasing the rambling ways of the American Hobo. Instead of becoming a hobo, he became a “Hobo Winemaker.” Of the two ways to make wine, with and without money, the first should probably be the only, but a few slip through the cracks and do it on the skinny. No winery, no vineyards, no truck, no warehouse, no employees…nothing. There are advantages. Making small lots comes naturally, the flexibility to pick and choose grape type, vineyard, appellation, and winery on an ongoing basis, and a larger circle of people involved which means more ideas and expertise.
In 2013 they made the leap to convert a warehouse in Santa Rosa into a full production winery. They cut drains, installed electricity, insulation, plumbing, moved the tanks, eggs and barrels and crushed their first fruit that fall.