Planted around ten years ago, our 24-acre estate vineyard is exclusively planted to Pinot Noir (five clones – 115, 667, 777, 828 and Pommard 4). Ideally situated at the north-east end of the Petaluma Gap, the climate is ideal for this variety.
The estate experiences moderate daytime temperatures, even by Sonoma Coast AVA standards, allowing for prolonged hang-time (for phenolic maturity) while maintaining fresh pulp (for balanced acidity). During the growing season, the average summertime diurnal shift (difference from the day’s high and low temperatures) is 30-degrees. A blanket of fog settles over the vineyard most nights during the growing season, bringing welcome cool air and moisture. Refreshing breezes during the day, chase away the fog and dry the area, limiting fungal pressures. This cool wind also leads to thick skins in the grapes, meaning more color and structure for the wines.
Outcroppings of basalt on the estate, which were once quarried for the streets of San Francisco, and sandy/gravelly clay provide for good soil diversity and water retention.