Although parts of the Sonoma Coast appellation overlap with Russian River, most of the existing vineyards are set apart due to their high elevations and increased relative rainfall. The appellation stretches as far north as the Mendocino County border, and west, nearly to the ocean. Rocky soils from the uplift of the continental shelf intermingle with high amounts of clay to lay the foundation for exceptional dry-farmed vineyards.
Ellenbach Vineyard: This rugged vineyard in the northern reaches of Annapolis comprises the base of our Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir. It’s planted on steep hillsides of rocky soil, but the cool coastal influence permits this vineyard to be dry-farmed. The unique microclimate provides us with a strong base of tannins and aromas of baking spices.