Anderson Valley is just north of the Sonoma County border in Mendocino County. Although it earned its reputation originally for Zinfandel and floral white varietals, this relative newcomer to the Pinot Noir scene has emerged as a powerhouse, with a distinct flavor and structural profile that differentiates the wines from its neighbors to the south.
ETCHED TOPOGRAPHY Nowhere else in the winegrowing regions of California is there a topography that is quite so self-contained: the narrow valley runs from Boonville in the south to Navarro in the north, confined by mountains on each site. In each range, rocky, mineral-laced soils confer complexity and a beautiful austerity to the wines.
EXTREME WINEMAKING Conveyed by the Navarro River, dense fog from the Mendocino Coast is funneled into the vineyards, offering an extreme contrast between California’s strong sun and the frigid coastal air, promoting small berries with firm acidity and marked delicacy. In the hills on the east side of the valley, vineyards rise to fairly high elevations, with thin and well-drained soils that impart distinct mineral qualities to the fruit. We farm on the northern end of the valley, in the shade of the coastal Redwoods where the greatest coastal influence is felt.
Pinot Noir:Complex, small berries. Elegant blueberry, bright red cherry, aromatic tea, layered floral notes.