Cameron and Bridgit Thieriot, Max’s parents, purchased the property in 1988. In 1989 the first part of the vineyard was planted by the late Warren Dutton of Dutton Ranch. Grapes from these blocks have been sold to Landmark, Williams Selyem, Neyers, Littorai and Rivers-Marie. Year after year this vineyard consistently produces high scoring single vineyard wines and is known to be one of the premiere vineyards in the Sonoma Coast.
Myles’ parents, Carl Briggs and Lisa Lawrence, purchased this site in 1988. Located just outside of Occidental, this site neighbors Charles Heintz Vineyard to the west and is home to the original Chardonnay planting in the West Sonoma Coast. It has since been replanted to Pinot Noir. Grapes have been sold to Littorai, Flowers, Gary Farrell and Rivers-Marie.
The Heintz family has owned the ranch for over 100 years but it wasn’t until 1982 that Charlie planted Clone 4 Chardonnay and then Pinot Noir years later. Known for the vineyard designate wines produced by Williams Selyem, Littorai, DuMol and many others. This is another world-class site in the Sonoma Coast.
“…one of the great grand cru Chardonnay sites in California.” –Robert Parker
The Dutton Palms Vineyard, named for the beautiful palm trees planted along the edges of the estate, is nestled among the hills of a small valley between the towns of Occidental and Graton. This valley creates its own micro climates with cool air settling in it during the growing season and keeping the fruit cool and acid levels high. The Dutton family is one of the oldest grape farming families in Northern California and take great pride in the land they farm.
Planted in 2008 by vineyard manager Ulises Valdez, El Diablo vineyard sits on a ridge above Eastside Road in Russian River Valley. Early in their relationship, he told the Senses team that “when you work hard, the fruit always tastes better.” That holds very true for El Diablo.
When it was planted in 1996, Kanzler was one of the first vineyards in the rolling hills southwest of the small picturesque town of Sebastopol in western Sonoma County. Only eight miles from the Pacific Ocean, the area was long thought to be too cool and foggy for grape growing.
Located in the heart of Green Valley, a sub-AVA of the Russian River Valley, Perry Ranch was first farmed as an apple orchard. The majority of the ranch was later planted to vine, with a mix of clones offering unique diversity for the single vineyard designate wines to come. Today, the ranch is operated and managed by Steve and Joe Dutton; two acclaimed agriculturalists whose family has been farming in Sonoma for over a hundred years.
The Green Valley AVA receives dense morning fogs, originating from the Petaluma Gap, which makes for cooler mornings than any other region of the Russian River Valley. The Goldridge soils provide excellent drainage, which collected millions of years ago as an ancient sea slowly receded into the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, this hidden valley is very well suited and known for high quality grape growing and we are thrilled to be sourcing from this distinctive location.
Silver Eagle is located on Stoetz Lane, just behind Charles Heintz and our estate, Hillcrest. Ulises Valdez planted the site in 2006 primarily to Pinot noir but included a small amount of Chardonnay and Syrah. We simply couldn’t resist the Montrachet clone of Chardonnay that Ulises spoke so highly of.
Charles and Diana Karren are incredibly passionate about growing grapes. Known as “The Land of Promise”, Terra de Promissio has an ideal terroir for pinot noir. The soil, southwest sun exposure, hill elevation, vine density and the wind and fog of the Petaluma Gap allow the grapes to have a slow maturation & extended hang time, which allows optimum ripeness ideal conditions for the pinot noir grape. This site is shared with Williams Selyem, Kistler, Kosta Browne, Hanzell, and others.
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