Russian River Valley
Where Apples Flourish, Grapes Thrive
Named after Bill’s first and only son, James, William James Vineyard is located in Gravenstein – the heart of Sonoma County’s apple country. For the uninitiated, part of Sonoma County’s history is rooted in the belief that where apples thrived, grapes would too. Filled with gorgeous, lightweight Goldridge soil, this vineyard is incredible for producing pinot noirs of depth and complexity.
William James is right off Highway 12, just west of Sebastopol. Surrounded by rolling hills, this vineyard sits on a small knoll and is bordered by apple orchards. In fact, the property used to be an apple orchard itself.
Named after Bill’s only son, William James was acquired in 2011 and is one of our newer estates. 2017 marks the first vintage from this Estate vineyard after we planted in 2012.
This 7-acre vineyard sits about 200ft above sea level where it experiences good air flow with steady winds almost every afternoon. One of our cooler-climate vineyards, this Pinot-only site is exposed to cooling elements as the San Pablo Bay fog rolls in quickly every night.
At the crest of one the rolling hills on the way to the Pacific Ocean, the William James vineyard gets consistent afternoon breezes that flutter through the vineyard, cooling off the days growing cycle. The Pinot Noir from this site has a dark red fruit profile with black cherry, dried herbs and even some lighter hibiscus notes. The famous Goldridge soils contribute to the fine texture that expands on the palate, yielding a delicious and lasting finish.
AVA: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast
Soils: Goldridge Fine Sandy LoamVarietyPinot Noir 6.52 acres
Pinot Noir Clones: Calera, Swan, 943
Acres: 14 total; 6.52 planted
- William James Vineyard Pinot Noir | Russian River Valley
Our Heritage collection of wines hail from the most expansive estate vineyards in our collection. Durell, Gap’s Crown, and Walala are all known for producing rich, complex, deep wines that stand the test of time. From vintage to vintage, these wines surprise and delight.