Vineyards

We believe that great wines can only be made from great vineyards. This belief guides our decisions when choosing to work with any vineyard. For every vineyard we work with, there are 20 other vineyards that didn’t make the grade. Location, soil, exposition, dedicated growers, plant material and sustainability are all important factors that affect our decision.

Once the vineyards are sourced, it is our job to maintain the health of the vines in a balanced and sustainable fashion. We believe that farming in balance with nature is the only way to allow the grapes to express themselves properly. Sustainable farming practices are key; vine-by-vine farming is essential, and a less-is-more approach to irrigation, soil amendments and applications empower the vines to exist on their own rather than through our engagement.

Our goal with the vineyards we have chosen to work with is simple. Harvest healthy grapes that are ripe, with balanced acids and sugars, which require no additions from us in the winery.

Our commitment to these vineyards is to learn from them every year, to make improvements in how we handle the fruit in order for it to express its uniqueness, and most importantly how we handle the growing vines, year after year, to enable them to do just that.


Our Sources

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Griffins Lair Vineyard

Sonoma Coast – Syrah
Vintages 2002 – 2019

Coarse alluvial soils composed of sand and gravel sit atop dense Adobe Clay. Situated on a south-west facing hillside with a clear view to the San Pablo Bay, this wind buffeted slope generates tiny berried Syrah clusters that dictate the character of the wine produced from this site — savory, intense and rustic. We have worked with this block of grapes since the 2002 harvest.

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Castelli-Knight Ranch

Russian River Valley – Syrah – Grenache
Vintages 2001 – 2019

Dramatic bright orange, rock-filled, Haire Clay-covered slopes give the wine produced from this site a distinct density and power. The north- to northeast-facing slopes provide cool to this otherwise warm location and heady aromas of incense and pepper to the wine. We have farmed and taken all of this fruit since 2001.

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Photo courtesy of Alder Springs Vineyard

Alder Springs Vineyard

Mendocino County – Syrah – Grenache
Vintages 2000 – 2019

Steep decomposed sandstone gradients, high elevation and a long cool growing season define the flavors of the wines produced from this incomparable site. Multiple vine blocks are delineated based on the natural contours and expositions of this spectacular hillside. Each of these blocks have their own uniqueness that we intend to explore and share with you. We have had the pleasure of working with this incredible site since the 2000 harvest.

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Armagh Vineyard

Petaluma Gap – Syrah
Vintages 2017 – 2019

Planted to Syrah in 1997 and farmed with only organic products and following organic practices, this site lies nestled in the rolling hills just west of Petaluma, at the center of the Petaluma Gap. Cool air currents and ocean mist draw out the maturation process while iron-rich clay loam contributes to the savory, sanguine characteristics of the fruit from this coastal site.

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Nellessen Vineyard

Sonoma Coast – Syrah
Vintages 2017 – 2019

Just to the west of downtown Sebastopol with an eastern exposition, this site is a key addition to our line-up. Planted in sandy Goldridge (sand and red clay) loam in 2000, farmed with organic products and utilizing many biodynamic practices, the Syrah from this vineyard is outrageous in its aromatic intensity. We also source Viognier from this site which goes into our carbonic and co-fermented red/white blend that we call Skinny Jeans.

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Majik Vineyard

Sonoma Coast – Syrah
Vintages 2017 – 2019

Adjacent to Nellessen but planted on a north facing hill, Majik could not be more distinct from its neighbor with highly vigorous vines producing peppery, umami characteristics in the fruit. Just under 1 acre of Syrah was planted in sandy Goldridge soil, which we’ve tended by hand since our contract with the owners began. Formerly owned by Mary-Ann & Jim Kerschner (MaJiK) and recently sold to new owners in 2017.

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Bearg Vineyard

Sonoma County – Various Varieties
Vintages 2018 – 2019

Grafted to Trousseau Noir, Gamay, Mondeuse, Poulsard and Pineau d’Aunis in 2016, this site in the Mayacamas Range has just begun producing fruit and 2018 is the first vintage bottled. Situated on a steep hillside and biodynamically farmed, this site promises to be an exciting addition to our line-up and a landmark achievement in Sonoma County wine-growing.

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Buddha’s Dharma Vineyard

Mendocino County – Chenin Blanc
Vintages 2015 – 2019

Planted in Talmage, CA in 1944, these old vines are grown with only organic products and dry farmed on gravelly volcanic soils at the base of Enlightenment Mountain. Owned by the nearby Buddhist community, City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (known colloquially as CTTB or the City), the fruit from this relatively warm Mendocino site has amazing concentration and acidity.

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Fanucchi-Wood Rd Vineyard

Russian River Valley – Trousseau Gris
Vintages 2017 – 2018

Tucked away in the Russian River Valley, we stumbled upon this small parcel of Trousseau Gris (a rising star after years of relative anonymity) in 2009 and haven’t looked back. Originally known as Gray Riesling, this is the only standing plot of Trousseau Gris remaining in California. Usually our first crush of harvest, the fruit arrives in an array of colors from green to purple to orange.