Steve meticulously farms his remote vineyard on the Mendocino Coast located 7 miles in from the Pacific Ocean. The Perli Vineyard is one of the most ruggedly beautiful sites in Northern California. At an elevation of almost 1800 feet, well above the coastal fog line, owner Steve Alden redefines extreme farming: treacherous slopes with grades approaching 60%, soils that contain more rock than dirt, damp, cool growing conditions - and we haven’t even mentioned the local bear population that has taken a liking to his fruit.
Simply put Kent Ritchie is an icon. Since the early 1970’s few vineyard sites in California have produced such consistently profound and distinct wines as the Ritchie Vineyard. Through tireless farming and uncompromising standards Kent has developed a devout following of winemakers and consumer alike. The Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is one of our most sought after bottlings for very good reason.
When we were approached by the Kanzler family in 2019 to begin working with a few acres from this hallowed site it was a winery-dream come true. Located on the western edge of the Russian River Valley, this site is famous for its Goldridge soils, chilly, windswept hills, and fog. Originally planted in 1996 by Steve and Lynda Kanzler, the family proudly continues to farm the now iconic vineyard today with help from their son, Alex. Together, they steward the 15-acre vineyard with a world-class level of care and attention to detail.
Paul and Amy Mononi live on and farm their Pinot Noir vineyard located just off of Olivet Road on the eastern edge of the Russian River Valley. Planted in 1998, the approximately 4-acre site is north facing and sits atop a soil type known as Goldridge, ideally suited for Pinot Noir. Paul a 3rd generation Sonoma County farmer and Vineyard Manager by trade, farms his estate with extreme attention to detail, and works hand-in-hand with our winemaking team to ensure that quality remains our primary goal. This unique vineyard site tends to produce wines that have noted depth and softness on the palate. And, if the beautiful vineyard and great fruit weren’t reason enough to visit the site, it’s always fun to walk the rows and toss a ball to Paul and Amy’s beloved dog, Beau!
The Toboni Vineyard is a 15-acre Pinot Noir site owned and farmed by our friends, Joe and Mary Toboni. Located near the intersection of Olivet Lane and River Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley, the Toboni family has roots in Sonoma County that stretch back four generations and 100 years. We were blessed to make a Toboni Vineyard Pinot Noir from 2003 to 2019.
Mark and Kim Dempster are stewards of one of the most historic vineyard sites in Sonoma County. Their 15-acre Banfield Vineyard, located in the chilly and fog drenched Green Valley of the Russian River Valley, is home to Chardonnay planted in 1980 and Pinot Noir planted in 1990. The Pinot Noir from the Banfield Vineyard is used for our Rosé of Pinot Noir wine as the vineyard conditions are cool from the coastal influence and perfect for making Rosé.
Arista’s U.V. Lucky Well Vineyard Pinot Noir and U.V. El Diablo Chardonnay were both planted and farmed by Ulises Valdez. After his tragic and sudden passing in the harvest of 2018, the Valdez Family and their team carry on his legacy with passion and meticulous farming practices of these two vineyards along with several of our other vineyard sources. The U.V. El Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay and U.V. Lucky Well Vineyard Pinot Noir are both stunning examples of the Valdez Family’s commitment to excellence in vineyard farming and management.