This remote, hillside vineyard lies above the Santa Rosa Plain on the western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. It is located in the Northern Sonoma Wine Region, bordering the Spring Mountain District. The southwest exposure at 1300 ft. ,well above the fog line, results in warmer mornings than found on the valley floor, and the afternoons are cooled earlier by the Pacific Ocean breezes.
1.5+ acres planted in 1982, the vineyard is sustainably farmed (not certified). The Zinfandel vines are cane-pruned (Clone 6 on AXR1 rootstock) supported on a California T-trellis (8 x 6 spacing) with drip irrigation. Bud break is typically late March with verasion occurring in July and harvest generally in mid-October . The yield can run from 5-9 tons depending upon the season and on how vigorously one drops fruit. A small herd of Katahdin sheep are run in the vineyard during the winter to manage the cover crop and promote health and vitality.
The soil is influenced by the deposition of weathered volcanic ash, basic rock and and parent material from the uplift of sedimentary marine deposits of the Franciscan formation. Classified as Kidd gravelly loam 9-50% slope (Soil Survey of Sonoma County, 1972 produced by the SCS); a reddish brown, cobbly loam (50% cobble) can be found from 0-24” and from 24-44” you will find a stoney (30%), cobbly (40%) loam with fine roots traveling through to 44”.
Our hope is to find a buyer willing to assume the responsibility of harvest and hauling. The price per ton, with buyer responsible for harvest and hauling, is $2700. A first year incentive (less $300/ton, or $2400/ton) is offered to a buyer willing to commit to the purchase of future harvests.