For the notoriously stubborn Sangiovese grape, location is everything. A place where long, hot days are tempered by cool afternoon breezes. Where nutrient-poor soils encourage deep root systems and keep vigorous canopy growth in check. Where autumn rains hold off until the late-ripening varietal has reached maturity. We've searched high and low to find these incredibly unique sites, where the stars align to produce amazing fruit each year. As we expand to offer more varietal wines, each will begin with the same careful vineyard selection.
Emerging from a 1,800-foot peak atop the rugged Mendocino hills, Masut Vineyard is nothing short of rare earth. Warm days and windy afternoons coax intense flavors from the sandy, red soil of this extraordinary mountaintop site, while third-generation grape growers, Ben and Jacob Fetzer, tend the dry-farmed, certified organic land on which they were raised. Within the modest 10-acre vineyard, we carefully select each row based on the unique characteristics sought for our Sangiovese and Rosato bottlings.
[ Our two current releases are from Masut Vineyard: 2012 Sangiovese and 2013 Rosato. ]
What a great find. Hidden just south of Ukiah in Mendocino County, the centerpiece of this tiny 7-acre farm is a gorgeous patch of Dolcetto vines. The Northern Italian varietal has found a perfect home here, at the mouth of a small canyon where hot summer days are tempered by cool nights swept in from Anderson Valley. Impeccably farmed for quality over quantity, the modest size of this special site allows us to monitor each and every vine as the late-ripening fruit matures.
[ Our first vintage of Paradise Canyon Dolcetto is in barrel and will be released early 2016. ]
Situated within three prime winegrowing appellations (Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill and the encompassing Sonoma Coast AVA) this 710-acre estate is home to 225 acres of vines, representing 58 unique vineyard blocks — all meticulously farmed by some of the best in the business. Simply put, this is where boutique wineries go for great fruit. Our Sangiovese sits at the highest elevation, taking advantage of rocky, well-drained, nutrient-deficient soils, maximum sunshine and breezy afternoons... just what the finicky grape needs to fully develop during its lengthy growing season. The results are intense flavors that make for a truly unique wine.
[ Look for future offerings of Windsor Oaks Sangiovese. Our first bottling is SOLD OUT. ]
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