Toboni Vineyard (aka Oakwild Ranch)
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
6.7 miles
SIZE
13.36 acres
GROWERS
Joe and Mary Toboni, Owners
Ulises Valdez, Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: Clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard, all planted on 101-14 rootstock
SOILS
Huichica loam
SITE DESCRIPTION
Planted in 2001. The vineyard has a morning fog that rises off the river and cools the vines, while sunny, warm days and breezy afternoons tend to heighten the intensity and complexity of the fruit flavor. OwnersMary and Joe Toboni are 4th generation San Franciscans whose roots can be traced back to San Francisco as early as the 1870s and specifically to Sonoma County prior to the 1920s. Every step of the way the Tobonis have made the ultimate effort by matching their soils and climate with optimal rootstock and clonal selections. Presently the Tobonis use a cover crop mix of perennial grasses which inhibits erosion and therefore holds all the nutrients and the minerals in the soils. The soils are loamy clay with some mineral and gravel composites.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: Intense and complex earthy and spicy aromas with refined, ripe cherry, plum, cranberry and cola flavors
Hallberg Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
10 miles
SIZE
100 acres
GROWERS
Brice Jones , Owner
Kirk Lokka, Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: Planted to clones 667, 777, 828, Cruz and Pommard, planted on 101-14 and 3309 rootstock
SOILS
Goldridgefine sandy loam: soil provides excellent drainage and low soil fertility, maintaining low vigor
SITE DESCRIPTION
In the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley, this vineyard site enjoys refreshing daytime breezes and cool – but not cold – nighttime temperatures. The strongly marine-influenced climate means less severe temperature shifts from day to night – good for ripening because the vines never completely shut down. The high density vine spacing (1 x 2m) promotes excellent vine balance and development of grape flavors, structure and concentration.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir:
  • Deeper, darker color due to cool climate and production of more anthocyanins
  • Great structure from lots of fine, silky tannins (some tannin material is formed as the grape’s natural sunblock so cooler climates often produce finer, less aggressive tannins.)
  • Cool climate yields dark fruit flavors and aromas such as cassis and boysenberry as opposed to cherry and raspberry
  • Earthy characteristics also from cool climate. Hotter climates often yield more fruit-forward flavors and aromas while cooler climates instead create floral, earthy characteristics
McIntyre Vineyard (aka Starr Creek)
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
7.3 miles
SIZE
8 acres (3 acres of Pinot Noir and 5 acres of Chardonnay)
F
GROWERS
Gerald and Lynn McIntyre, Owners
Redwood Empire Vineyard Management, Vineyard Managers
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: Pommard, planted on SO4 rootstock
Chardonnay: 70% clone 4, 30% clone 76, all planted on SO4 rootstock
SOILS
Huichica loam
SITE DESCRIPTION
Located just off of Starr Road in Windsor, this vineyard sits east of the Russian River. Warm, sunny days, cool nights and early morning fog are typical. The Pinot Noir was planted in 1996 with rows running north/south and the Chardonnay was grafted onto 5 acres of Merlot in 2007. The clone 4 rows run north/south and the clone 76 rows run east/west.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: classic Russian River Valley red fruit, baking spices, citrus and soft, elegant structure
Chardonnay: tropical fruit aromas, honey, citrus and vibrant acidity
Nonella Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
18.5 miles
SIZE
10 acres
GROWERS
Mike Nonella, Owner
Mark Sanchietti, Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: Clone 777, planted on 101-14 rootstock
SOILS
Wright loam, wet
SITE DESCRIPTION
The Nonella family began farming in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties in 1895. The family purchased this plot of land on Hall Rd in Santa Rosa in 1989 and planted the vineyard shortly thereafter. The entire vineyard is planted to Dijon clone 777 and is pruned to two canes, which promotes a well-balanced canopy and fruit zone.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: Intense black cherry, cola and spice, with medium tannin structure
Floodgate Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
8.2 miles
SIZE
60/64 acres
GROWERS
Hambrecht, Owner
Chris Walden, Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: clone 115, planted on 3309 rootstock; Pommard, planted on 101-14 rootstock
Chardonnay: Wente, planted on 101-14 rootstock
SOILS
Laniger loam
SITE DESCRIPTION
Bill and Sally Hambrecht acquired this property in 1999 and redeveloped the site. Located in the “Middle Reach” part of the Russian River Valley near Forestville, the property overlooks Mark West Creek and its surrounding vineyards.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Chardonnay: Great acidity and intensity to fill out the mid-palate
Galante Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
17.9 miles
SIZE
23 acres
GROWERS
Maurice Galante, Owner
Dutton Ranch, Vineyard Management
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: 115, planted on 101-14 rootstock
SOILS
Goldridge fine sandy loam
SITE DESCRIPTION
Planted in 1998 and located on an east-facing ridge at the western edge of the Green Valley AVA, within the Russian River Valley AVA. The Galante vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 667, 777, 115 and a bit of Pommard. Thin-soils and east facing slopes provide lower yields and concentrated flavors.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: Deep, ripe blackberry and full tannin structure
Bacigalupi Vineyards, Frost Ranch
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
5.8 miles
SIZE
67.67 acres (planted)
GROWERS
Helen and John Bacigalupi, Owners
John Bacigalupi, Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir-Wente, planted on St. George rootstock
SOILS
Arbuckle gravelly sandy loam
SITE DESCRIPTION
In 1956 Helen and Charles Bacigalupi purchased 121 acres of prime vineyard land and in 1964 they were one of the first in the Russian River Valley to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The family acquired Frost Ranch in 1993. The property has 67.67 planted acres of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. Vine row orientation in the Pinot Noir block we source from is north/south with east/west exposure.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: feminine structure, red fruit, simmered cherry, raspberry, cranberry
WINES SOURCED HERE
• Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir (not yet released)
• Russian River Selection Pinot Noir
Stephens Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
14.5 miles
SIZE
9.03 acres
GROWERS
Earl Stephens, Owner and Vineyard Manager
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Pinot Noir
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Pinot Noir: Pommard, 115, 667, 777 and Pommard, all planted on 101-14 rootstock
SOILS
Goldridge fine sandy loam; Blucher fine sandy loam
SITE DESCRIPTION
Located in the Green Valley AVA, this cool site produces healthy, moderately vigorous vines. The property features extremely steep slopes and the well-drained soil for which this corner of the Russian River Valley is famous. The diverse clonal material planted in the Stephens Vineyard adds to the overall complexity of the wines.
FRUIT CHARACTER
Pinot Noir: Enticing aromas of violet and ripe cherry, followed by red fruit flavors of raspberry, cherry, and strawberry, finishing with cinnamon and spice notes.
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Ronn Wiegand’s Restaurant Wine
Exceptional. "The Russian River is a terrific wine for the price: ripely flavored, well balanced, and full bodied, with intense fruitiness (plum, sour cherry, red currant), and overtones of clove, toast, peach, and vanilla." – October 2013
2013 SF International Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL
Vineyard(s): Nonella Vineyard, Toboni Oakwild Ranch, Floodgate Vineyard, Stephens Vineyard, Galante Vineyard, Hallberg Vineyard, Bacigalupi Vineyard, McIntyre Vineyard
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 8 months in 40% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.4%
pH /T.A.: 3.47 / 6.2 gm/L
Production: 6,062 Cases
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