Las Madres Vineyards- Carneros, Sonoma Valley
Las Madres Vineyards- Within the Los Carneros AVA on the Sonoma side, Las Madres is nestled between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards that all flourish in the cool climate of the marine-influenced afternoons. You can almost set your watch at the point where the heat of the California summer day breaks, and the winds pick up to cool the vineyard. Hand-farmed by proprietors John Painter and Jean Gadiot, along with the help of longtime ranch-hand Marco Perez, Las Madres Syrah clusters are consistently some of the best kept in Northern California. The 9-acre vineyard is divided into an upper hillside block (named after John's mother Esther) of clone 174 and a lower pond-side block (named after Jean's mother Hulda) of clone 300. The vineyard is irrigated from collected rainwater of the pond, although every year a larger and larger part of the vineyard is dry-farmed. We source grapes from both blocks, and ferment separately to further understand their unique characteristics.