Our home property consists of 10 acres on Bloomfield road, southwest of Sebastopol, at the southern end of the Russian River Valley. Close to the “Petaluma Gap” this area of Russian River stays cooler with a costal breeze than the northern areas, making it ideal for creating the tart, bright fruit flavors and firm acid we look for in our Pinot Noir.
RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
In the Russian River Valley, cool and often-foggy mornings provide an exceptional environment for gentle ripening throughout the summer, producing well-balanced and fruit-driven wines. The unique terrior of the Russian River AVA is what sets it apart from other growing areas in the region. Our Russian River vineyards’ soil consists of a sandy loam makeup with very few rocks, lending to excellent drainage and ideal ripening.
Our Sonoma Coast vineyards are planted in soils consisting of clay, rock and gravel resulting in concentrated, superior fruit. The majority of our Sonoma Coast vineyards in Occidental sit high above the fog line overlooking the Pacific. Although the Sonoma Coast is known for its cool climate and high rainfall relative to other parts of Sonoma County, these vineyards receive long days of sun in moderate temperatures due to the marine influence and the high elevation of the growing sites. This environment allows the grapes to ripen slowly in the intense but cool light developing deep, complex flavors, and making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay shine.
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Perched high above Salinas Valley, our grapes are planted on a unique parcel of land above the Salinas River in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, California. The elevated location allows for dry warm sunlight in the afternoon while the ocean below creates strong breezes and dense fogs that bring cool morning. Vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands produce wines with intense fruit character, combined with a balanced, often mineral-laden acidic backbone. The soil, the climate, and the riesling clone (brought over from Alsace) are an ideal combination in the Santa Lucia Highlands.