We seek small vineyards in Northern California with unique characteristics that translate into a “terroir”, or specific place distinguishable in the glass. Growing interpersonal relationships facilitates our understanding of the land and the climate from the people who know it best.
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.
Knights Bridge vineyards - Knights Valley, Sonoma
East of Healdsburg on Highway 128, Knights Valley lies in the shadow of Mount Saint Helena and is one of the most rural AVAs in Sonoma. The vineyard enjoys warm summer days, with cooling breezes funneled through the gap in the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Multiple varietals find a home here, sinking their roots into the alluvial and volcanic soils of the area, and benefiting from the abundant sunshine during the day, transitioned to cool nights. Clones 4 and 5 of Chardonnay get the first blast of cool Sonoma air in this northwestern most section of the vineyard, and the 20-year old vines continue to produce brilliant foliage and quality.