THIS VINEYARD CAME TO OUR ATTENTION THROUGH GEORGE VARE. BOB KAHN, THE OWNER AND A FRIEND OF GEORGES, WAS LOOKING FOR SOME HELP FARMING SINCE HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE RIPENING THE FRUIT. WE FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS SITE, IT'S COOLER CLIMATE AND HIGH ALTITUDE WERE JUST WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR to get GREAT ACID AND LOW ALCOHOL. LOVALL VALLEY IS A small valley in deep carneros, you can only get to it through Sonoma but it’s technically Napa AVA. IT WAS PREVIOUSLY A TURKEY FARM BEFORE THE VINEYARD WAS PLANTED 18 YEARS AGO.
WE FARM THIS 2 ACRE SYRAH VINEYARD OURSELVES WITH HELP FROM A TRUSTED SIDEKICK FERNANDO. IT IS NOT CERTIFIED ORGANIC BUT WE USE UNDER VINE CULTIVATION AND CLEMENSING FOR WEED CONTROL, ONLY SPRAY ONCE A YEAR IN EARLY SPRING AND IRRIGATE ONLY ONCE OR TWICE DEPENDING ON THE YEAR.
OUR ROSE COMES FROM THE TOP TWO ROWS THAT GET MORE WATER THAN WE WOULD LIKE FROM THE OLIVE GROVE RIGHT ABOVE IT. THERE IS ALSO A LAVENDER FIELD RIGHT NEXT TO THE VINES WHICH UPON BLIND TASTINGS PEOPLE ALMOST ALWAYS PULL LAVENDER NOTES FROM THE WINE.
David Girard Vineyard:
Our dear friend Grayson Hartley farms this vineyard in the Sierra Foothills, he has farmed it organically for two years now and will be certified organic next year. We get as much Counoise from this vineyard that we can get, a whopping 1.5 tons.
The Yount Mill Vineyard:
This historic Vineyard is farmed with the integrity and purity that we strive to find in all our fruit. Certified organic, undervine cultivation, no round up, no systemic pesticides. The Pinot Meunier has 6 feet long cordons trained in alternating directions.
Rorick Heritage Vineyard:
We used to make wine with Matthew Rorick at the Tenbrink Winery years ago and became fast friends, we were thrilled when he purchased the Rorick Heritage Winery and Vineyard. As with all the projects he takes on it is a stunning success and the Albarino we made in 2016 is so complex and interesting, the site truly commands it.
Lost Slough Vineyard:
JJ DISCOVERED THIS VINEYARD WHILE WORKING WITH SCHOLIUM PROJECT. THEY GET THEIR NAUCRATIS (VERDELHO) AND RIQUEWIHR (GEWURZTRAMINER) FROM LOST SLOUGH. THE VINEYARD IS LOCATED IN THE SACRAMENTO RIVER DELTA AND WAS ONCE BELOW SEA LEVEL, YOU CAN WITNESS THIS IN THE SANDY SOIL LITTERED WITH SHELLS FRAGMENTS. THIS GIVES THE WINE A GREAT SALINE QUALITY WHICH COMPLiMENTS THE ALBARINO. WE HAVE BEEN MAKING WINE FROM THIS VINEYARD SINCE 2009. WE ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIMENTING WITH A VINO VERDE STYLE WHERE WE BOTTLE THE ALBARINO WHILE IN MLF.
In 2015 our friend Christopher Scanlan was kind enough to introduce us to some Carignane grapes from Frank Evangelho, needless to say we were super excited! The 130-year-old, head-trained, dry-farmed vines were beyond expectations, we bought some more fruit in 2016. Stepping onto the evangelho vineyard you feel like you are on another planet, The large head trained, arthritic knuckled vines are grown in powdery sand dunes and stranger yet is the rarity of grape vines in Contra Costa.
Our friend Clayton Kirchhoff grew up in a farming family in Clarksburg, he grafted some Albarino onto some of his families vineyard a few years back and started farming it organically. We were super pleased to get some in 2016, the wine came in lean and bright and after 18 month of barrel aging in our very dry cellar we got it to the perfect alcohol and brix and ended up with a very complex and interesting wine.
The Windmill Vineyard:
Steve Matthiasson is the consulting viticulturist for this Vineyard, it is farmed organically and on the road to becoming certified. Many interesting italian and rhone varietals are planted here and the Vineyard has a diverse ecology with fruit trees, olives and honey along with the grape vines.