First Vintage: 2001
First Commercial Release: 2005 (Amber Ridge, Russian River Valley)
Current Vineyard Sources
Amber Ridge (Russian River Valley)
This hillside vineyard is located immediately adjacent to the famed Gary Farrell Starr Ridge vineyard. It was planted in 2000 with pinot clones 115, 667 and 777 on 101-14 rootstock and was adopted by several high-end pinot wineries for its first harvest in 2003. The vineyard is farmed by a seasoned veteran who practices sustainable agricultural and viticulture practices.
Sleepy Hollow (Santa Lucia Highlands)
Located in Santa Lucia Highlands just west of Gonzales, this 400+ acre vineyard is planted primarily to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay over 30 years ago. Warm, sunny days are bracketed by foggy mornings and evenings - creating large daily temperature swings that help maintain acidity and pushing ripening out until late in the season. The vineyard is very gravelly, ensuring excellent drainage - very important for growing great Pinot Noir.
La Encantada (Santa Rita Hills)
The one hundred acre La Encantada Vineyard, owned by veteran winemaker Richard Sanford, is organically farmed and home to six different Pinot Noir clones. The vineyard lies just west of La Riconada Vineyard on the very western edge of Santa Rita Hills, making it one of the coolest sites in the region.