Fox Hill Vineyard
Fox Hill Vineyard is located smack in the middle of Ukiah and Hopland on the Talmage Bench of Mendocino, a geologically uplifted former river bed that is primarily sandstone based, very rocky and pebbly with large pieces of quartz throughout. The 30 year old vines were converted to organic practices with no use of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals or synthetics by Sam Bilbro of Idlewild Wines several years ago. Most recently, the holistic approach to the farming has been under the guidance of Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars, whose stewardship promises a bright future for this weird and wonderful place.
Las Brisas is cool, foggy and breezy as the name implies. Sand, silt and gravel dominate, with some heavier clays in parts. Located on the Sonoma side of the Carneros AVA and situated in close proximity to the San Pablo Bay, the breeze clears the fog in the late morning and then the vines are often kept cool in the afternoon with the same salty sea breezes.
Rancho Coda is one of our favorite places to be in Sonoma County. Located in some of the highest elevations of the middle reach of the Russian River Valley, where the temperate afternoons are shouldered by exceptionally cool mornings and evenings. This comes from the vineyard’s positioning above the fog line, so ripening is intensified by the solar radiation but kept in check by the competing cooling influence from West County that whips through Armstrong Redwoods and over Sweetwater Springs. Soils are exceptional and unique here, especially for the Russian River Valley. Primarily chlorite and sandstone schist, with large pieces of quartz throughout. These are amazing wine grapes grown organically with regenerative farming practices by great people, who are our dear friends.