Vineyard occupies the last of an alluvial bench at the foothills, just east
of Hwy 101 at Shiloh Road. The sun usually breaks first over this vineyard
leaving it ringed by fog and creating a mesoclimate slightly more temperate
than many other areas of the Russian River Valley / Sonoma
Over the years the vineyard has often been warmer during cold spikes
and cooler during heat spikes than the Santa Rosa Airport, Sebastopol, or any
points Windsor and North.* The natural air conditioning allows the grapes to retain their
acid, but the season tends to be earlier and longer.
Combine weather with silty clay loam soil, ten different blocks of Pinot Noir on SO4 rootstock,
Nunes' cultural practices, and you get unique wine grapes—rich,
flavor-layered Pinot Noir that stands on its own.
is deeper than soil.
It's more varied than climate.
It's a combination of people, culture, tradition and place that allows
grapes to grow and express all that is involved in their nurturing."
Wine Business Monthly, 2007
*Weather observations from
MezoWest station interfaces, National Weather Service; NOAA; AccuWeather
Across the Creek —
Vineyard in the background–Fall 2001
Muzio Block 667's —
Spring 2003 from Regal Block
Russian River Valley—
Dorothy's Block. April, 2003