It starts with nature producing exceptional Pinot Noir grapes in an ideal climate and soil. Meticulously farmed, handpicked, softly punched down by hand, and gravity fed to French oak barrels, the grapes are nurtured with an unparalleled attention to detail and care resulting in a masterpiece for your cellar or table.

We worked hard on finding a vineyard that is not only in the right location in the Petaluma Gap but also one that has the right mix of clones and farming practices. This Morris Ranch Pinot Noir is lower in alcohol and higher in acid than most California Pinot Noir’s. It is food friendly and will age nicely in the cellar for five to eight years.

– Brandon Miller, Proprietor

The 2009 vintage has aromas and flavors of fresh red cherry, raspberry, strawberry and touches of cranberry, spiced with cinnamons and clove. Blended with these red fruits and spice, there is a hint of earth with characteristics of wet tilled soil, mushrooms and slight camp smoke on the finish. Overall, this is a clean and well balanced, fruit forward style pinot noir which pairs wonderfully with salmon and other fish, tangy cheeses, pork, duck, turkey and lamb dishes. It also bridges wonderfully with mushrooms. A favorite pairing of the tasting room is with Humboldt Fog Cheese.

Vineyard Details
100% Morris Ranch
Clones Used
Pommard 5, Dijon 777
Vineyard Location
38°16’10.53”N 122°35’28.46”W Click for Google Map
Harvest Date
September 24th, 2009
Brix at Harvest
25.5 Brix
Percentage New French Oak
50% New Burgundian, Damy, Cadus, Remond, Francois Freres
Barrel Aging
17 months
Bottling Date
February 15th, 2011
Cases Produced