NEW PINOT NOIR SOURCES!
Having worked with the same two Pinot vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Mendocino Ridge for four years now, we've branched out and added new vineyards and appellations to our world of Pinot. It is with pleasure that we introduce two new Pinot noir vineyards: Roma's Vineyard in Anderson Valley and a soon to be named vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
Roma's Vineyard is a sustainably farmed vineyard located on the north east rim of Anderson Valley above Booneville. It sits at 1900 feet in elevation. Because it is a cooler location, the grapes begin ripening much later than in the Russian River Valley which subsequently means it ends up being the last vineyard we pick during the harvest season. And, even when the grapes do ripen, there are other predators we are competing with to harvest the grapes .... bears. Yes, you read that correctly. Hungry bears spotted the ripening grapes last year and picked off multiple rows leaving naked canes as they exited the vineyard. Cross your fingers that the grapes ripen this year before the bears find them.
The vineyard that is currently nameless (although there are several choices being bandied about and the decision on the name is coming soon) is located in the north end of the Russian River Valley on Westside road. This vineyard is a dream vineyard for a winemaker specializes in small lots of Pinot (AKA Alan Baker) because there are 6 different pinot noir clones on the property! The clones are: 1A, 2A, 667, 777, Pommard, 115. The root stock is very low vigor which means less yield per grape vine. We're thrilled at the opportunity to get this fruit and also excited to be once again working with our great friend Warren Burton who is looking after the grapes.
Images from the new RRV vineyard: