The exterior of the building is sheathed in redwood board-and-batten and one’s sense of the building is one of a Redwood tour de force. In fact, it is an ingenious mixture of Redwood and Douglas Fir – where most of the structural members (excepting the trellises) are Fir and paneling is Redwood. Custom-made doors that feature diagonal infill are Fir with Redwood accent trim. Joe Phelps tells of using salvaged old-growth Redwood for the project that he obtained replacing a highway bridge in Sonoma County.
The hipped ends to the barn roofs pull the composition together as one sees the two buildings as halves of a complete whole. The paneling in the entry – which was composed of 1x6 boards with projecting 1x1 trim with plywood panels – is characteristic of his work at the time.
Like his other winery projects, the working drawings were done by Keith & Associates and his client in this case was the contractor. Joe Phelps tells of having set up a special shop on site to custom build all the doors and windows. Bill Phelps, son of Joe Phelps and current President of the Winery, worked on the construction crew.
Joe Phelps added to and modified the winery over the years, including projects he did on his own – the oval room and expansion of the North Building and with Davis the new sales room and tasting facility in the South Building. This project, designed in 1995, reflects the later period of Davis’s work. It is more refined in its use of highly finished redwood paneling, which reveals his ongoing fascination with the work of the Greene brothers.