Located in the throat of the narrowly pinched northern extreme of the Santa Maria Valley, these pedigreed sites produce some of the most nuanced, textured and refined Pinot Noir in California. The Central Valley, far off to the east, draws the cool air off of the Pacific Ocean, bringing with it mornings filled with fog and windy afternoons. The most famous of vineyards in the region is Bien Nacido, which we source from and take some inspiration from its Spanish translation meaning “Well Born.”
Napa Valley, Napa County
Originally called the “land of plenty” by the Native American Wappo Indian tribe, Napa Valley possesses an uncommon variety of soil types and a perfect Mediterranean climate. The valley is only 30 miles from tip to tail and 1 to 5 miles wide. Home to some of the greatest Bordeaux varietal producers in the New World, the specificity and uniqueness of terroir and geography bear a great resemblance to the micro-climates of Burgundy. Working with a host of family estate vineyards, we source from a wide range of soil types, climates and exposures: cooler in the Coombsville AVA in the southeastern pocket of the valley, to Rutherford on the eastern slope of the Mayacamas, to Diamond Mountain near the town of Calistoga.
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
The Russian River Valley AVA lies at the heart of Sonoma County. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its ancient soils combine to make this one of the most optimal locations in the world to grow Pinot Noir. Almost daily fog bathes the appellation which is parked between the Petaluma Gap to the south and the Russian River to the west, creating a cool climate perfect our rose of Pinot Noir. The first known grapes planted in the area date back 150 years, and some of the most noble expressions of the grape have been produced here from wineries such as Williams Selyem, Rochioli, Martinelli, Kosta Browne and Marcassin.