All of the vineyards that we work with reside in Mendocino County, a region on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean that is laden with redwood trees, vineyards, apple orchards, and sheep pastures. It is an idyllic, rustic, and often rugged area, with an incredible diversity of growing regions and microclimates. Many of the vineyards here are remote and tucked-away gems, bursting with possibility.
We work with vineyards that are farmed organically and sustainably. While each site is uniquely its own, they all capture elements of the region that we love—distinctiveness, high natural acidity, intensity of flavor, and cool-climate balance. We strive to express the beauty and character of these special sites in our wines.
Langley Vineyard // Anderson Valley AVA, Mendocino
A classic Anderson Valley site, the Langley Vineyard is planted almost entirely to Pinot Noir on a small, four-acre vineyard sprinkled with apple trees. What sets this vineyard apart is the 40+ vines of Riesling that are interplanted with the Pinot Noir. While you could say that Pinot Noir is the signature grape of Anderson Valley, Alsatian varieties also have a long history in the region. We hoped that there would be enough fruit to make the first-ever Langley Vineyard Riesling—and sure enough, we were able to fill a half-ton picking bin. The resulting wine is our little single-barrel labor of love.
Mariah Vineyard // Mendocino Ridge AVA, Mendocino
Nicknamed “Islands in the Sky” for the ridgetops that sit above the fog line surrounded by a sea of clouds, the Mendocino Ridge Appellation is the only non-contiguous AVA in the U.S. Comprised of vineyards at elevations of at least 1,200 ft., this AVA consists of just around 18 vineyards. One of these unique, dry-farmed sites is the Mariah Vineyard, which is the second-highest vineyard in Mendocino County. It is farmed by Dan Dooling and sits at 2,600 ft., overlooking the Pacific. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this site have pronounced minerality and a distinct saline quality that result from the coastal influence.
Chardonnay clone: 76
Feliz Creek Vineyard // Hopland, Mendocino County AVA
In a protected, tucked-away pocket of Hopland sits Feliz Creek Vineyard, which is owned by Wendy Fetzer. Comprised of head-trained Carignan vines originally planted in 1908, this is a cooler site in a warm area. Because the vineyard is dry farmed, the vines have developed deep root systems, which result in low yields and allow the fruit to achieve intense, concentrated flavor at low Brix. More reminiscent of trees than vines, Feliz Creek Vineyard produces a delicious, rustic, and restrained expression of Carignan.
Buddha's Dharma Vineyard // Talmage, Mendocino County AVA
Originally planted in 1944, Buddha’s Dharma is a 76-year-old vineyard located in the Talmage region on the eastern edge of the Ukiah Valley. With sandy loam soils, this unique site is organically dry farmed. It is owned by the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a Buddhist monastery, and sits on a west-facing gradual slope.
Alder Springs Vineyard // Laytonville, Mendocino County AVA
Farmed by renowned winegrower Stuart Bewley, Alder Springs Vineyard is like no other vineyard in California. Located 12 miles from the coast, and without another vineyard near it for miles, this steep vineyard sits at elevations ranging from 1,700 to 2,700 ft. It is farmed meticulously at one cluster per shoot, resulting in wines with great concentration and complexity. The marine influence keeps the nighttime temperatures cool, helping to retain natural acidity in the grapes. Thanks to Stuart’s pioneering decision to plant a vineyard on a remote, high-altitude hillside in the northerly town of Laytonville, the prestige of this site helped lead to the recognition of Mendocino as a world-class winegrowing region.
Valenti Vineyard // Mendocino Ridge AVA, Mendocino
The south-facing Valenti Vineyard lies at elevations of 1,300-1,600 ft., 6 miles from the coast. The wines from this vineyard made us fall in love with cool-climate California Syrah. The perfect site for Syrah, Valenti’s cooling coastal winds enable the grapes to ripen slowly and at lower Brix, producing wines of complexity, vibrancy, and balance. The classic pepperiness that is such a signature of the Syrah from this site can even be tasted in the grapes themselves.
Manchester Ridge Vineyard // Mendocino Ridge AVA, Mendocino
Perched on a ridgetop at 2,000 ft. in elevation and just 3.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean sits the stunning Manchester Ridge Vineyard. Standing at the edge of the site, with the vineyard behind you and the sea ahead, you can actually hear the waves rolling in and out down at the beach in the town of Manchester. Despite the close proximity to the coast, there is enough sun to ripen the grapes because the vineyard lies above the fog line. Yielding small clusters of approximately 2 tons per acre, this dry-farmed vineyard produces grapes with intense flavor and excellent natural acidity.
Chardonnay clone: Wente