The Terroir

Hailing from the coolest appellation our Sonoma Coast RSR fruit is grown around the village of Freestone out on the true Sonoma Coast. Overlooking Bodega Bay and the Sonoma Coast line, weather is cool leaving the vines exposed at this site. On summer mornings pacific fog engulfs the vineyard, covering the fruit with essential ocean mist. The fog recedes back in the late mornings drenching the vines in afternoon sunlight and warmth ripening our fruit. Our selection from this vineyard carries a clear mark of its cold coastal origin. Planted to unique selections, Calera, Pomard, 828, rVR1 and 667 they all offer layers to our final wine and all express a unique interpretation of this cool site.

ELEVATION: 658 feet
SOIL: lower rows, well-drained Goldridge Sandy Loam, Steinbeck Fine Sandy Loam. Upper parcel Iron rich Franciscan
EXPOSURE: South East
CLONES: 667, Calera, PN-VR1

Our Fort Ross Seaview wine grows in the Western Sonoma Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean just north of Jenner. The weather is cool creating an environment where our grapes struggle to mature within the growing season. On summer mornings our vines sit just above the fog line allowing our foliage to photosynthesize. The afternoon sun warms the canopy and slowly ripens our grapes. Late August heat and longer days help ripen our coolest site making this our latest site to be harvested.

ELEVATION: 1,025 – 1,270 feet
SOIL: well drained decomposing iron rich sandstone of the Franciscan series
EXPOSURE: South East
CLONES: 777

Lower elevations and our close proximity to the Sonoma Coast line make Occidental our coolest daytime site. Surrounded by redwoods, wildflowers, coastal oaks and native grasses this site is truly blessed. With the cool evenings and lower daytime highs our fruit ripens slowly allowing this site to have incredible balance and depth.

ELEVATION: 750 feet
SOIL: Goldridge Sandy Loam, Iron rich Franciscan
EXPOSURE: South - South west
CLONES: 667, Calera, Pomard