Our winemaking team employs a meticulous process to extract the flavor and intensity of the fruit, careful to ensure that the wines reflect the sense of place where they are grown and are true to varietal character.
Our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from three premium vineyards that bring their unique character into this blend.From Freestone, Green Valley, and Olivet Lane, we source Clone 115 and Pommard Clone pinot noir. The cooler Freestone vineyard brings bright acidity and dark structure. The Green Valley site offers a rich and round mid-palate and the Olivet Lane vineyard offers ripe round forward fruit. These grapes are picked in mid-October and are destemmed for a 48 hour cold soak. The fermentation is punched down twice daily and the maceration lasts a total of around 10 days. The free-run wine is racked to barrel and aged sur lie for eight months prior to racking. The wine is then racked clean from the lees and aged an additional 8 months before bottling.
2012 was the fifth year Terra Valentine sourced fruit from this specific vineyard site. Located at the extreme western edge of Sonoma County up on Kings Ridge that looks right onto Marcassin, Hirsch, and Red Car, this site has excellent potential with an already impressive pedigree. The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is comprised of two distinct clones, 777 and 828. Clone 777 offers intense colors and aromas with balance and round tannins. Clone 828 creates robust complex wines with good acidity. The grapes are picked in mid-September and are destemmed for a 5 day cold soak. The fermentation is punched down twice daily and the maceration lasts a total of around 9 days. The free-run wine is racked to barrel and aged sur lie for 8 months prior to racking. The wine is then racked clean from the lees and aged an additional 8 months before bottling.
Cool climate Syrahs originated in the Northern Rhone Valley of France in areas like Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage. Our Syrah from the Terra Valentine Estate shares some of the spicy, gamey qualities native to the Northern Rhone, but brings the dark fruit and licorice flavors found only on Spring Mountain. Produced in very limited quantities.