Hollister Hill is a young vineyard located on the lower slopes of Sonoma Mountain. Harvested early and direct pressed whole cluster. We left the must in contact with the skins for a few hours, tinting the wine a pale salmon hue. We then drain the must into 75-gallon stainless steel barrels for primary fermentation. A small sulfur addition was made in order to prevent the wine from going through secondary fermentation. The wine was aged for 5 months, filtered and bottled for immediate release.
Windsor Oaks is located where the Russian River meets the Mayacamas Mountains. The Chalk Hill appellation is named for its chalky soils composed of silt, sand, loam and volcanic ash. Our block of Cabernet Franc sits in a thermal belt that benefits from cool afternoon breezes coming up the Russian River. The wine went through a native fermentation and was aged on its primary lees for an extended period of time in neutral oak before being bottled unfiltered.
Pickberry is a 30-acre vineyard on the northeast slope of Sonoma Mountain near Glen Ellen, California. The site is a rolling hillside plot on volcanic soil. The climate is cool with warm days and cool nights. Initially planted to Chardonnay on AxR in 1982. Our block of Merlot was grafted with Teleki 5C from Emmolo/MacLean in 1993 and field budded to Pickberry clone Merlot in 1996.