You might be familiar with some spectacular wines from out here – Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays with finesse and style might come to mind. But why is that? What makes this such a unique spot to make those wines?
Today we’re checking in from the “extreme Sonoma Coast” to find out.
Our vineyards are practically a stone’s throw from the ocean. During the summer and harvest months it’s not uncommon for the fog to stick around in a thick blanket until about noon. When the sun breaks through it becomes breezy keeping it from getting too hot on even the warmest days.
This is the kind of weather that earlier ripening grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay simply love – enough warmth and sun to ripen, but not too much heat that character, nuance, subtlety and flavor are sacrificed. These are the kind of conditions that enable our winemakers to craft wines that excite and engage the whole palate.
Wines we love from the Sonoma Coast
This year harvest started early, and we’re pleased to report it’s ended in a timely fashion as well – each of our vineyard lots was fermented and tucked-in to age by the middle of October. For now, these fledgling 2016 wines will age and integrate under the watchful eye of our artisan winemakers until they’re ready to be released. That’s all well and good, but we just can’t wait to taste the results for ourselves, so we’ve made this list of wines to take for a test spin in the meantime… enjoy.