Springer Vineyard, Big Valley AVA, Lake County
The Big Valley AVA is renowned for being the perfect place for Sauvignon Blanc. The Springer Vineyard has a unique combination of volcanic and alluvial soils which make for a singular expression of the variety, providing excellent drainage and forcing vine roots to go deep for water. This nutrient rich soil, with a substantial amount of mineral, make for wines that are often thought to have a ‘twang’ to them. And I love a bit of twang in my wines.Sustainably farmed, and almost organic at this point, the vines are about 20 years old and yields are between 3 and 5 tons per acre depending on vintage. These older vines are healthy and deliver more intensity than younger vines. All of this makes for a huge bang for your SB buck.
Tanya’s Vineyard, Russian River Valley AVA, Sonoma County
This vineyard is literally in the backyard of master farmer Chris Bowland, who lives on the property, and it is his labor of love. This is one of only two vineyards in Northern California growing ribolla, and Chris and I work closely together to get the fruit as perfect as it can be. In a cooler area of the Russian River, ripening in Tanya’s Vineyard extends into late October for these 5 year old vines, and yields are kept at approximately 2 tons per acre.
Ordway’s Valley View Ranch, Anderson Valley AVA, Mendocino County
For our upcoming 2012 vintage release we are excited to introduce a new vineyard to our pinot noir lineup. Anderson Valley is becoming known as one of the two best AVA’s for Pinot on the north coast, and Valley View Vineyard is in the center of the valley: The south end is too hot for pinot and the Deep End in the north ripens pinot fully only about once every four years. This area, just north of Navarro Vineyards, is the ‘sweet spot’ for pinot. The farmer here has over thirty years’ experience growing Pinot in Mendocino County, and that experience is invaluable in making sure we get quality fruit. He tends the six to seven year old Dijon clone vines, carefully farming them to about 3 tons per acre in soils that are mostly clay on a gently rolling slope.
Moaveni Vineyard, Bennett Valley AVA, Sonoma County
Located in Bennett Valley near Matanzas Creek, its steep slopes and several differenet aspects make for ideal drainage. Fog that appears in the morning tends to leave the vineyard later in the day, a perfect place to grow Syrah. Although these vines are only six years old, it is evident that this variety is planted in the right place.