Armagh This Sonoma Coast site is just a few miles west of Petaluma in the Chileno Valley. It supplies us with both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all Dijon selections that do well in this cooler climate. The vineyard was planted by Eric Neil, Landmark’s consulting viticulturalist for the past eight years.
Heintz is located just northeast of the town of Occidental. The clone 4 Chardonnay planted here is usually the very last to reach ripeness due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean which is about 8 miles to the west. Fruit character is marked by very good acidity. Heintz’s own Dutch Bill Creek label and several others including Williams Seylem have been making outstanding wines from these grapes.
Kanzler is another Sonoma Coast pinot vineyard planted by Eric Neil. It has both Dijon clones 667 and 115, and Pommard. Planting density of 1,089 vines/acre and restrictive rootstocks, 101-14 and 420A hold down vigor and cropping is carefully controlled to yield less than 3 tons per acre. Although we have been making wine from this site for six years now, 2004 marks the debut of a Kanzler vineyard designated bottling.
Flocchini Another site planted by Eric Neil , this vineyard is the source of both Chardonnay, Wente and Robert Young, and Pinot Noirs, Pommard, 777, Swan and La Tâche. Although all the vines here are young, the first impressions from this site are of wines with excellent flavors and great potential, based on our early tasting, and the reputation of neighboring sites (Griffin Vineyards and Keller Estate) along the Lakeville Highway corridor.
Rodgers Creek Created in collaboration with Landmark, this new site along the Sonoma Mountain ridge line is planted to Robert Young, See, and Wente selections of chardonnay, all noted for their distinctive flavor profiles. Over three years in the development, we harvested
Spring Hill 3 miles west of Petaluma and 14 miles from the coast, Spring Hill is planted to Pommard and 777. Farmed to consistent low yields to insure richly flavor wines.
Bald Mountain This is a unique site located at over 1,600 feet elevation in the Mayacmas Mountains just east of us. The vineyard is dry farmed and planted to an old Wente clone that is noted for expressively flavored wines. Average vine age here is over 25 years, and this property, owned by John and Mary Thacher, is probably one of the most scenic in all of Sonoma County. Farming is the work of Joe Votek, one of Sonoma’s most skilled grape growers, who also produces his own Zinfandel from vines grown adjacent to this 15-acre chardonnay block
Thornton Ranch This large mountain property is farmed by Joe Votek. Dijon clone chardonnay tends to set extremely small clusters in this setting and average cropping is never more than three tons to the acre. Every vintage has had intensely concentrated flavors and has been a key component in our Overlook bottling.
Kivelstadt This syrah vineyard is planted to 4 different clones and is farmed organically by Phil Cotturi, one of Sonoma County’s pioneers in such practice. The ampitheater-like site is late to experience bud break and tends to ripen its minimally cropped fruit late in the season. The wine has a deep color and scents of mushroom, leather and black berries, and has also shown an ability to age well, developing exquisite secondary bottle bouquet after several years.
Sangiacomo This third generation Sonoma family of farmers have been producing top quality grapes for wineries throughout the state for many years. Few people can match the Sangiacomo’s dedication or skill. The chardonnays that we purchase from them each year are amongst the best of the vintage. We currently buy from 3 unique blocks of grapes.
Russian River Valley
Lorenzo This vineyard is the source of our vineyard designated Chardonnay. Planted in the mid 1970’s to the Wente clone, this site is renowned for the distinctive minerality that its clayey soils impart to this intensively flavored clone that is capable of making extremely well aging wines.
Frost Watch This vineyard is planted to clone 4 which shows excellent character in this cool site. Grapes from Frost Watch have been a component of the Damaris Reserve chardonnay for the past couple of years. Now in its tenth leaf, the vines are producing exceptional quality thanks to the site and conscientious farming by owner and winemaker Brett Raven.
Santa Barbara County
Bien Nacido Vineyards Although Santa Barbara’s Santa Maria Valley is about 300 miles to the south of us, its worth the drive. Famed for their cool growing climate, the chardonnays from this area have found their way into leading producers’ wines throughout the state. We have been fortunate to join the ranks of wineries sourcing grapes from Bien Nacido.
Solomon Hills The Santa Maria Valley enjoys a distinctive growing season. Spring arrives earlier that for the Sonoma Coast pinot noir vineyards, but the average temperatures tend to be cooler throughout most of the summer and fall. This produces fruit with a decidedly more structured profile, ripening with higher acidity and a lower pH. We anticipate growing recognition for this fine vineyard, planted to Dijon clones 777 and 113.