Interesting (and smart) move. When I visited w/ John Locke at the AWS Conference last November, he indicated that they were rethinking everything at BD...strategizing as to where they were going.
Randall has made and knows how to make truly great wines. My feeling is that over the yrs, he's been too focused on marketing tricks&gimmicks and not enough on both the grape growing and the winemaking.
It appears that he is returning to his roots and original passions. He will have a vnyd focused on Rhone varietals and one on Pinot. It'll be interesting to see where he buys these vnyds. The SonomaCoast would be the obvious choice. Mendocino would actually be the smart choice in my mind. Or maybe LakeCnty for the Rhones.
Interesting that he's dropping OldTelegram. It was once an exceptional wine from ContraCosta OldVine Mourvedre. It's certainly not been the case of late. Good, but pretty pricey for what it was.
It also doesn't indicate what'll happen to his Soledad vnyd, where he had a lot of very interesting Italian varieties. The article seems to indicate that he's no longer so interested in Italian varieties. Too bad if that's so, because some of those DEWN wines were very/very interesting wines. I hope he continues them.
All in all, kudos to Randall for making a move I thought was long overdue. He IS one of Calif's great winemakers and most innovative thinkers. This move should put him on track for the recognition he rightfully deserves. And it's clear he's keeping his sense of humor, one of his most endearing traits.
And, BTW, if you've ever met his Mom, Ruth, you know what a gem BD has in her. She's a keeper.