Climate Grape Growing In
The Vineyard Russian
River Valley Green
VINEYARD PROFILES Angel Camp Azaya Ranch Cherry Ridge Devil's Gulch Emerald Ridge Fox Den Freestone Hill Green Valley JJJS Maurice Galante McDougall Mill Station Morelli Lane Rued Shop Block Silva Walker Hill
When Steve Dutton told us in 2005 that he was going to bud 0.7 acres of the very cold Green Valley Vineyard from Pinot Noir to Gewürtraminer, we were thrilled. No varietal is more suited and less planted in the cold nooks of the Green Valley appellation than Gewürtraminer. This varietal shines when it ripens slowly to attain the enticing floral aromatics denoted by an even pink color at harvest. With its super thick skins, it easily weathers difficult times of heat and rain, but requires our long season to give us the ethereal aromatics and juicy freshness that we love in it. The Green Valley Vineyard, situated just along the cold east bank of Atascadero Creek, is a perfect site for this grape. This tiny block is just enough for us to make about 150 cases a year to share a special and unique offering with our best friends.