“Our goal is to farm our grapes in harmony with the surrounding nature and produce wines that represent that nature.”
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast - Sonoma Valley
Our Russian River Valley vineyard is located on Bloomfield Road, southwest of the town of Sebastopol at the Southern end of the Russian River Valley AVA where it overlaps with he Sonoma Coast AVA. We chose this area for our Pinot Noir due to it being a bit cooler than surrounding areas of the AVA allowing for a longer, slower and more balanced overall growing season. The 26 acre Bloomfield vineyard is planted to 3 different Dijon clones of Pinot Noir – 115, 777 and 667. There is also a few acres of old Wente clone 4 Chardonnay that goes into our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grow extremely well in the moderately cool climate with often foggy mornings and warmer afternoons. The predominant soil type is called Goldridge—a fine sandy loam covering about 60% of the area. The soil has a dark, yellowish, fine, sandy loam surface over a subsoil of golden yellow, sandy loam and fractured sandstone. It is derived from the remains of an ancient inland sea that slowly emptied into the Pacific three to five million years ago. It is particularly valuable for high-quality wine grape production because of its excellent drainage and low soil fertility. These characteristics allow it to be initially managed from a “low vigor” situation that may be readily customized with more water and/or nutrition, which directly contributes to wine quality. The resulting wines from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown here are a bit more elegantly nuanced with bright acidity, a fresh mouth-feel, and balanced fruit aromas that show just the right amount of ripeness.
Riesling - Santa Lucia Highlands - Monterey
The vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands are planted on the terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley. Fog and ocean breezes off nearby Monterey Bay funnel south, creating a cool climate. The vines’ elevated locations take full advantage of the morning sunshine before the stiff, afternoon maritime winds slow ripening by shutting down the grapes’ photosynthesis. The exceptionally long growing season – early budbreak, lack of fall rains, prolonged harvests – allows the fruit to develop full, phenolic ripeness and flavors. While cool weather-loving Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are king and queen here, Riesling is enjoying a Renaissance in the Highlands. Our riesling is an Alsatian clone that was planted on 6 acres here in 1973. We pick this vineyard in late October when there is usually still a low PH of 3.2 and a moderate 22-23 brix. Fermented dry, the resulting with is crisp and refreshing with aromas of tropical fruits, tart stone fruits and jasmine flowers.
Cabernet Sauvignon - Mora Ave. Calistoga - Napa Valley
Our Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard is a small one acre block planted in 1994 at the base of Mt. St. Helena on Mora Avenue in the Calistoga AVA. Of all the soil series in Napa Valley, Calistoga AVA has the highest percentage of volcanic type soils. Volcanic soils yield more minerals for limiting nutrients that grapes need and allow for better drainage which is better for root development. Further, thinner volcanic soils lead to less green growth and more concentration of flavor within the berries. Our clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes love the deep draining soils and moderately warm temperatures. We typically leave a dense canopy to protect the grapes from the sometime very warm summer heat spells of Napa Valley’s warmest AVA. The resulting wine is bright and fresh (for Cabernet especially) with aromas and flavors representing the entire raspberry bush. The bright acidity and firm natural tannin developed in this vineyard give the wine tremendous purity and age ability. This vineyard has always been organically farmed by the man who planted it, Miroslav Reich.
Chenin Blanc, Malvasia Bianca - St. Helena - Napa Valley
Our Chenin Blanc and Malvasia Bianca come from 45 year old vines on 4 acres planted in 1974 just north of the town of St. Helena in Napa Valley next to Revana and Grace Family Vineyards. The soil is bale clay on a slight east slope drainage toward the Napa River. The Chenin Blanc grapes are very small and concentrated on loose clusters formed with a California sprawl canopy to allow for maximum airflow and even ripeness of the individual berries. The Malvasia is vertically trained to manage the tremendous vigor and large clusters. We pick both of these varieties within a week of each other, both at low PH and 22 brix in an effort to produce two lean crisp white wines that represent the purity of the vineyard and grapes.
Zinfandel - St. Helena - Napa Valley
Our Zinfandel is a small 3/4 acre block planted next to a small creek just east of the town of St. Helena. The soil is very rocky and well drained allowing us to control the vigor of the vines and really manage the grape concentration and even ripeness. The heritage clone of zinfandel planted here sets a modest crop that makes for a bright, fresh, somewhat light, lower alcohol style of Zinfandel. We hand farm this small block organically so that we can dial in each vine into the perfect balance with nature. Fun fact, We think this was an old native American camp because we always find arrowheads and native artifacts when working the soils here! All the more reason to farm and make a wine that represents the true magical nature of this sacred place!