A collection of Pinot Noir spanning the West Coast of Oregon & California
Oregon’s Willamette Valley is ideal for cool-climate grapes thanks to the Cascade Mountains to its east, the Coast Range to its west, and a series of lower hill chains to its extreme north. The resulting Pinot Noirs are some of our most graceful, with red fruits, a warm clay character, and crisp acidity.
The Russian River Valley, practically synonymous with Pinot Noir, produces wine that is generous, rich, and round. We source grapes from many parts of this diverse area—as far west as Sebastopol and as far northeast as Windsor. The fruit can be red, but often darker as well, with nutmeg and Christmas spices.
Possibly the most diverse of our appellations, the Sonoma Coast appellation spans from Fort Ross-Seaview in the north to Occidental in the south, and then inland towards Cotati, Sebastopol, and the San Pablo Bay. Fruit from this area gives our wines aromas of pine and earth, plus generous red fruit flavors, yet backbone and restraint akin to their Oregon cousins.
Pratt Vineyard-Sexton Road
Located in the hills on the west side of Monterey’s Salinas Valley, the Santa Lucia Highlands benefit from the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean. Our fruit comes from both the southern and the slightly warmer north end of the appellation. Pinot Noirs made here tend to be fruit-forward and rich, but with remarkable natural acidity.Vineyard Information
The only truly east-west valley on the West Coast, the Sta. Rita Hills sits between Lompoc and Buellton in Santa Barbara County. Wind funneling into the area makes for smaller clusters, smaller berries, and a higher skin-to-juice ratio. This makes Pinot Noir that is darker, heavier, and richer in fruit, with a touch of minerality and nicely balancing acidity.
In 1994, we made our first Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley grapes. This out-of-the-way appellation north of Sonoma County remains Pinot Noir’s best-kept secret. Its high elevations and consistently cool night temperatures consistently yield Pinot Noir with notable concentration, incandescent acidity, and firm structure.