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We farm and make small lots of wine from California’s North Coast, working only with vineyards we know and love.

Abbey-Harris Vineyard Pinot Noir
Boonville, Anderson Valley,
Mendocino County

Vineyard Notes

This two-acre vineyard sits at 900 to 1100 feet, facing south above the town of Boonville in the Anderson Valley. Its soils are part of the Wolfey-Bearwallow complex: roughly half the vineyard has very pale, sandy soil mixed with pink quartz, while the other half has more organic matter as well as large shale outcroppings. We continue to farm and manage the vineyard with able help from owners Dona Abbey and Dan Harris.

Baker Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Philo, Anderson Valley,
Mendocino County

Vineyard Notes

Baker Ranch sits deeper in the Anderson Valley west of the hamlet of Philo, up above the virgin redwood groves of Hendy Woods. The vineyard sits on a mid-elevation east-facing slope on the south side of the valley, on very shallow slate-based soils of the Casabonne-Wohly complex. The soils have a high mineral content and an unusually high pH for California. The vines themselves were planted almost twenty years ago; they are rigorously farmed by the Baker family.

Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast,
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

This vineyard is located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, near the tiny town of Annapolis, and is farmed by Steve Campbell. At approximately 750 feet above sea level, it sits right at the boundary of the marine layer, ensuring that the cool, coastal climate delays ripening well beyond the warmer vineyards to the east. The two-decade-old vines grow on sandy, low-vigor Goldridge soil, which helps reduce yields to near two tons per acre.

Comptche Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
Comptche,
Mendocino County

Vineyard Notes

This remote vineyard is located in a small natural clearing above the town of Comptche, just inland from the northern Mendocino County coast. Owned and managed by the Weir family, Comptche Ridge is dry-farmed on a complex mix of fine sandy-clayey Franciscan soils, and is ringed completely by high redwoods and Douglas-fir. This vineyard is planted primarily to Swan clone.

Demuth Vineyard Pinot Noir
Boonville, Anderson Valley,
Mendocino County

Vineyard Notes

This vineyard, at 1400-1600 feet, is only a mile up the road from Abbey-Harris and shares similar, though less rocky, soils. Our two blocks function like two vineyards: the terraced rows of the Wädenswil clone form one section, while the Pommard block sits on a shelf a bit lower down the slope. The afternoon winds, cool temperatures, and over 30-year-old vines create a wine of great depth and perfumed elegance. This vineyard is farmed by Anthony and Knez Winery.

Harmony Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
Occidental, Sonoma Coast,
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

The ridge in between Graton and Occidental is known by several names—Occidental Ridge; Stoetz Ridge; and, perhaps most commonly, Harrison Grade, after its principal roadway. Harmony Lane occupies a three-acre site of fine Goldridge soil just below this ridgeline at about 800 feet. This elevation puts the vineyard right at the edge of the marine layer: the fog laps the vineyard like a shoreline, creating a dynamic warm-and-cool environment that creates wines of elegant bearing and tight precision.

Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sebastopol, Sonoma Coast,
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

Randy Peters and his father-in-law, Tom Mukaida, farm this vineyard outside of Sebastopol in western Sonoma County. The southern slopes of these hills form the northern edge of the Petaluma Gap, which rushes cool, marine air from the Pacific Ocean inland. The vines, a mix of Pommard and 777 planted over thirty years ago, produce grapes that ripen unusually slow due to the oft-present morning fog.

Tina Marie Vineyard Pinot Noir
Graton,
Green Valley of the Russian River Valley,
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

This site lies in the heart of the Green Valley appellation, on the corner of Green Valley and Maddocks Roads. Owner and manager Ron Black had the foresight to plant this hillside very densely to create more vine competition and lower yields. This approach delivers an intoxicating combination of lushness and poise to the wines from this site.

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley,
Mendocino County

Vineyard Notes

With this Pinot, we look to create a food-friendly, nuanced wine that represents the unique character of the Anderson Valley. Somewhat remote from most of Northern California’s wine-growing districts, this valley shelters a surprisingly harmonious blend of the wild and the civilized: in one vista, one can see sheep ranches, redwood groves, apple orchards, and impenetrable oak scrub.

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast,
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

This appellation is widely described as “sprawling” as it encompasses half or more of the county. Our fruit comes from two of the coolest, most coastal parts of this appellation: the low coast, west of Sebastopol on the edge of the Petaluma Gap; and the high coast, the first or second ridge inland from the ocean farther to the north. These sites are united by the direct influence of the Pacific‘s cool, marine air, delaying ripening well into October.

Sonoma Coast

Peugh Vineyard Chardonnay
Santa Rosa, Russian River Valley
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

This head-trained vineyard sits smack dab in the middle of the Russian River Valley, on the plains that make up the northwestern outskirts of Santa Rosa. The faded brown soils, known as Huichica loam, offer an excellent mix of low fertility and rapid drainage. Most notable about the site, however, is the age of the vines: we don’t know the exact age, but the best indication is that they were planted in the early 1940s, making it some of the oldest producing Chardonnay in the state.

Campbell Ranch Vineyard Syrah
Annapolis, Sonoma Coast,
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

The vineyard is located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, near the tiny town of Annapolis, and is farmed by Steve Campbell. At approximately 750 feet above sea level, it sits right at the boundary of the marine layer, ensuring that the cool, coastal climate delays ripening well beyond the warmer vineyards to the east. The two-decade-old vines grow on sandy, low-vigor Goldridge soil, which helps reduce yields to near two tons per acre.

Peters Vineyard Syrah
Sebastopol, Sonoma Coast,
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

Randy Peters farms this vineyard outside of Sebastopol in western Sonoma County. The southern slopes of these hills form the northern edge of the Petaluma Gap, which rushes cool, marine air from the Pacific Ocean inland. These Syrah and interplanted Viognier vines, which Randy put in for us just a few years ago, occupy less than an acre at the lowest edge of this cool, foggy vineyard. The entire block produced just above three tons of fruit.

Sonoma Coast Syrah
Sonoma Coast,
Sonoma County

Vineyard Notes

We love Syrah, and we have a particular soft spot for Syrah from the Sonoma Coast. While many consider the area to be marginal for proper ripening of the varietal (and indeed, we are often picking well into November), the cool days and downright cold nights of the far coast create wines of tight focus and tense balance. We feel that the distinct aromatics and classic characteristics of these Syrahs are more than worth a bit of late picking.