Nunes Vineyard







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The Nunes Vineyard bench land is a gentle diagonal slope, forty three acres of silty clay loam in Russian River Valley/Sonoma Coast. Planted in spring, 2000, the ten blocks of Pinot Noir are cane pruned on a split vertical trellis.

Nunes preparing the field for vineyard in 1999 Dorothy's Vineyard in Spring, 2004

The vineyard was plotted to avoid disturbing 25 large Oak trees, and after much research, we left the top 24 inches of soil that Mother Nature spent millions of years building intact, and then planted four Dijon clones on SO4 rootstock mirroring some of the best vineyards in Burgundy. Careful irrigation helps the shallow roots control the vigor of the vines.

One of the tallest trellis systems in the county, seven feet, three inches by design, allows for spreading canes up and down from a center fruit zone without layering more than one-and-a-half leaves, and eliminates the need to hedge a balanced vine. The eight-foot canopy height and eight-foot isle width provide the one-to-one ratio needed for the right amount of sunlight on the fruit. The tall trellis and the row orientation also hang the fruit out to dry as if the bunches were clipped to a clothesline.

With buds bursting earlier than most other vineyards in the Russian River Valley/Sonoma Coast, and earlier veraison triggered partly by irrigation timing, there is plenty of time for canes to lignify, and for berries to develop all of their phenolics and ripen tannins.    

Above is Nunes mowing in 1999 and Dorothy's block March 2004.
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   Establishment Photos

Vineyard Blocks (PDF)