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Alder Springs Vineyard

Located over three hours north of San Francisco, Alder Springs relies on elevations as high as 2700 feet for a cooling effect in Mendocino County. The vines are planted on steep hillsides of decomposing sandstone with a combination of Scott Henry and Smart Dyson trellising with vine density as much as 3300 vines per acre. Alder Springs is planted primarily to Dijon clones 76, 96 and 95. Excellence in viticultural practices, and the passion of owner Stu Bewley combine to create this premium fruit.

 

 


White Hawk Vineyard

White Hawk Vineyard sits on the southern facing slope of Cat Canyon some 21 miles from the Pacific ocean and 2 miles north of Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County. The marine influence causes cool, early morning fogs to envelop the site before giving way to bright, intense, sun. The vineyard is planted at an elevation of 900 feet on pure sands that provide excellent and immediate drainage, forcing the vines to work extra hard to survive. The syrah has a strong core of acidity complemented by elements of meat and blackberries. White Hawk is custom-farmed using sustainable and primarily organic viticulture methods. The yields are miniscule and the berries, intense.

 

 

 

Gap’s Crown/Split Rock

Gap’s Crown is perched on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain and is comprised of 37 vineyard blocks              that span 140 planted acres. Ranging in elevation from 300’ to 840’ above sea level Gap’s Crown takes advantage of the steep Sonoma Mountain hillsides to promote natural airflow and soil drainage within the vineyard.
Gap’s Crown is part of the Sonoma Coast AVA and is situated at the confluence of where Sonoma Mountain and its surrounding southwest facing hills meet the Petaluma Wind Gap (Petaluma Gap). To the south the hills of Sonoma Mountain turn southeast and channel the cool breezes of the Petaluma Gap toward the San Pablo Bay. To the north Sonoma Mountain gives way to Crane Canyon and eventually a northwest oriented set of hills. A pocket is formed by Crane Canyon and these northwest hills just to the north of Gap’s Crown, creating a natural fog pocket around the vineyard. Typically, coastal fog that is trapped in this pocket takes longer to burn off during the latter days of the growing season. This lingering fog during at the end of the growing season allows Gap’s Crown fruit to ripen slowly, developing sugar and phenolic ripeness in unison.




Durell Vineyard

Owned and operated by the Price family since 1998.  Vineyard Manager:  Rob Harris of Price Family Vineyards.  Durell Vineyard is situated on a 150 acre lot, bisecting the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Carneros AVAs,  a very special locale.  The combination of cool mornings, breezy afternoons, and warmer days through the summer months are the best conditions for the steady ripening.  Durell is considered one of the top five vineyards in Sonoma County, as it consistently produces wines of great depth and complexity.  Over 25 wines from Durell have been given a rating of 92+ points.

 


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