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Black Knight Vineyard
Much of Sonoma County’s most celebrated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is grown in the Sonoma Coast wine region. Perched at the top of Taylor Mountain at an elevation of over 1000 feet, Black Knight vineyard is on the eastern side of the Sonoma Coast region and overlooks Santa Rosa to the North, Rohnert Park to the West and Bennett Valley to the East. Crucially, the vineyard faces the Petaluma Wind Gap to the South, which provides it with daily, uninterrupted cooling winds and regular fog from the Pacific. The combination of elevation, fog and cooling ocean winds make this one of the coldest vineyards in the region, and an ideal location for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Black Knight is home to a variety of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir clones and the grapes produce beautifully structured wines with layers of flavor and mouthwatering acidity.
The Gypsy Vineyard is located on the Poor Family Ranch, which is in the Southeast section of the Mendocino wine region. Six generations of the Poor family have been living and farming wine grapes on this property since 1888. The 200-acre ranch is located on a steep hillside overlooking McDowell Valley and has 15 separate vineyards planted throughout the property.
Gypsy is a small 1.7 acre vineyard located at an elevation of 1500’ high above the valley. It is farmed organically and the vines have never been irrigated. The vines were planted in 1987 so they are actually older than some of the people drinking this wine. At 1500’ the vineyard is always above the fog that usually affects much of the Mendocino wine region and sits in a depression the reduces wind exposure. These topographical features produce many warm sunny days, followed by cool nights where the temperature drops into the 50’s. The unique climate, old vines and dry farming methods are ideal for producing classically-styled Zinfandels with rich, red fruit flavors and balanced acidity.
Block Six Vineyard
Located in the northeast corner of the much larger Russian River Valley wine region, Chalk Hill is one of Sonoma County’s most esteemed wine growing areas. The unique combination of climate and soil sets Chalk Hill apart from other wine regions and makes it an ideal location for growing world class Cabernet Sauvignon.
Block Six is a spectacular 13-acre vineyard, which was planted with a single clone of Cabernet Sauvignon on a saddle-shaped hillside. The vineyard is constantly maintained and monitored by it's owners, which is evident by the quality of both the vines and grapes it produces. At over fifteen years of age the vines are have reached their prime years and are producing world-class wine grapes. This vineyard is relatively warm and sunny, which allows the grapes to fully ripen in this relatively cool region and produces wines that are rich and fruit-forward but still well balanced and age worthy.
The Fountaingrove District wine region is one of the newest American Viticulture Areas (AVA) in the United States. While it only became an officially recognized wine region in March of 2015, it has a long and colorful history and is home to some of Sonoma County’s best vineyards.
At less than an acre in size, Antonina's Vineyard certainly proves that size isn't everything. It sits at an altitude of 1000 feet, on the western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard was planted in 2007 and has two different clones of Cabernet Franc vines. The location of this vineyard, with its high altitude and almost constant cooling winds, means that grapes here tend to ripen much more slowly. In the case of Cabernet Franc this is highly desired because it takes longer than most varietals to mature and develop flavor. This perfect combination of varietal and location produces Cabernet Franc wines that are dark, rich and perfectly balanced, with incredible structure and a balanced acidity.
Block Thirty-Four Vineyard
Russian River Valley
The Russian River Valley is one of the premier wine growing regions in the United States. It's close proximity to the Pacific ocean and east-west orientation are ideal for foggy weather, which cools the vineyards and develops great flavor maturity in the grapes without high sugar levels. While the region is primarily known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as you travel east, warmer climates allow for many other grape varietals to flourish.
Block Thirty-four is unique vineyard that sits at an elevation of approximately 600 feet, placing it above most area feature and allowing for cooling winds to enter the vineyard uninterrupted. The vineyard is also extremely steep, with excellent water drainage. These features lead to grapes that ripen slowly, without developing high sugars and are ideal for producing light wines with beautiful structure and relatively low alcohol levels. The vineyard contains several varieties, including the Grenache and Mourvedre used in our GSM.
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