Careful hand harvesting ensures only the finest clusters reach the winery. Whole berries undergo an extended cold soak prior to fermentation to extract deep color and fruit character. Indigenous yeasts carry out the carefully monitored fermentations. Free-run juice is barreled down post fermentation, followed by a remaining gently pressed portion, and transferred into separate lots of small oak barrels for the aging regimen. The wine was aged in a generous share of new American oak cooperage typically from fourteen to eighteen months before bottling. During the entire winemaking process, the grapes, juice, and wine are carefully monitored, and handled with minimal intervention. The finished wine is our attempt at bringing to your table a true unadulterated expression of the vintage, site, and unique flavor character of each of our treasured historic vineyards.
The Starr Road Ranch Vineyard Located in the foothills of the Russian River Valley AVA with a beautiful view of the valley floor, the Starr Road Ranch Vineyard is organically grown and dry farmed, and has been ever since its original planting in 1920. It is cultivated without the use of herbicides or pesticides, and has relied on winter rains as its sole source of irrigation for over 95 years. This historic old vine vineyard produces very low yields of outstanding fruit; approximately one ton per acre.