Russian River Valley
This meandering AVA is sculpted by the path of the thick, cooling fog that flows up the Russian River and through the Petaluma Gap daily. The fog ebbs and flows nearly every day – often lowering the temperature by up to 40 degrees from the daytime high, then retreating back to the ocean by mid-morning. Particularly perfect for Pinot Noir, this natural air-conditioning allows the fruit to ripen at a snail’s pace, developing full flavor maturity over a long (long!) growing season while retaining bright natural acidity. The combination of its prized Goldridge sandy-loam soils and climate create quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir terroir.
Russian River Valley: Silver Eagle
Elevation: 720 feet.
Exposure: 30 acres of ridge top vineyard, North-South row direction, with Southern exposure.
History: We use the Calera selection from this vineyard, one of the heritage selections in California. The grapes yield dark, dense black fruit with rich texture and bright fruit flavor. This vineyard is just north of Occidental in the Sonoma County Green Valley AVA, located within the larger Russian River Valley AVA.
Wines: Three Sticks Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir