We’re lucky to get grapes from top growers in El Dorado, Anderson Valley, and the West Sonoma Coast.
Our goal from the start has been to only work with vineyards that are meticulously and sustainably farmed, have a true sense of terroir, and are managed by people we respect and trust.
We source from mostly organic or bio-dynamic vineyards, managed by teams dedicated to producing world class wine. Many of our growers and vineyard managers are close friends, which enables us to collaborate with shared beliefs of sustainability and quality.
Campbell Ranch Vineyard
Located in the tiny hamlet of Annapolis about 5 miles from the ocean, Campbell Ranch is carved out of a redwood and pine grove perched on a ridge at 750′ elevation. It takes the brunt of coastal fog and breezes that usher in from the coast through the Gualala River drainage, and epitomizes the rugged and remote coastal vibe that is the West Sonoma Coast.
The vineyard is managed by the highly respected Ulises Valdez, who took over the property after it was tied up in a long-term contract for years by one of the big boys. Now this highly coveted Pinot noir has found its way into the hands of small, passionate, and quality-driven winemakers, and we are thankful to get a few tons every year.
Cerise Vineyard is located in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino. This site is so amazing that when given the opportunity, we jumped at the chance to get our hands on this fruit, and have been working with it since our first vintage in 2009. Owned and farmed by the Knez family, Cerise sits high above the valley floor just outside of Boonville at 800 to 1,000 feet.
This property is farmed bio-dynamically, which is no small undertaking. The Bearwallow-Wolfy series soils are very bony and rocky, yielding small clusters of intense fruit. The unique quality of this fruit resonates in all of the wines that are grown here, from Gros Ventre to Littorai to Knez to Anthill Farms’ wines. This is some of the most coveted fruit in Anderson Valley and we are grateful to work with it each year.
Russian River Valley
The Baranoff Vineyard is a 3-acre parcel overlooking Laguna de Santa Rosa in the heart of Sebastopol. The lagoon acts as a conveyor for the coastal fog which ebbs and flows throughout the growing season, creating moderate temperatures and cooling breezes. The vineyard is planted to seven clones (Calera, Swan, 113, 115, 459, 667, 777) on high-density 4×3 spacing, which results in twice as many vines per acre. This provides indirect sunlight (important with thin-skinned varietals like Pinot) and increases competition among the vines, resulting in lower yields per vine and intense fruit. The soils are the well-draining loams of the Goldridge Series that are prized in the region.
Paul Sloan of Small Vines farms this non-certified organic vineyard, and it is meticulous. Paul is a passionate, Type A farmer — 2 traits we like a lot when it comes to growing great fruit. His attention to detail in the vineyard makes the job much easier in the winery, because the Pinot looks perfect and tastes delicious when it arrives.
Fort Ross - Seaview
We have been fortunate to have access to this amazing undisclosed site – one of the True Sonoma Coast’s most respected vineyards, located in the Fort Ross – Seaview appellation. It sits a few miles from the Pacific, about 1,000 feet above sea level. Its close proximity to the coast exposes it to cool ocean breezes, while its relatively high elevation keeps it above the fog line for most of the day. This enables the fruit to ripen fully but slowly and retain high levels of natural acidity. The grapes from this site are always the foundation of our First Born Pinot noir.
The vineyard is situated at 2,690′ elevation at the edge of the American River canyon, a few miles from Placerville. The site is cooled by its high elevation and close proximity to the river, with soils comprised of decomposed granite. The wine it yields is structured yet playful with a fruit-driven core. We’ve been living in Gamay Country since we moved to the El Dorado region in 2010 – 80% of California Gamay was grown here last year. That said, Gamay production in the US is tiny, and El Dorado’s entire yield of Gamay equates to only 36 tons crushed throughout the entire state.
Planted in 2002 by John and Alexandra Duarte, this lovely vineyard is situated at 2,500 feet. At 90 acres, it’s one of the largest high-elevation vineyards in California. The soils are deep red clay loam planted to high-density. We use its Pinot noir in our Rose and High Country Red passe-tout-grains style blend.