Santa Cruz Mountains
Mt. Eden was the historic home of Martin Ray, and although we now call the Russian River Valley our home, we continue to produce Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards planted in the Santa Cruz Mountains as an homage to our past. The Santa Cruz Mountains differ greatly in elevation, soil, and climate, and therefore often produce some of our most conspicuously noteworthy wines.
Bald Mountain Vineyard: When describing the wine that comes from the Chardonnay grapes grown at the Bald Mountain Vineyard site, the first word that comes to mind is “minerality”. This vineyard sits high atop the mountain on the southwest slope, and is planted on white, sandy soil, reminiscent of the coastline below. Often the last Chardonnay to be harvested, it is also among our favorites.
Beauregard Vineyard: Further inland from Bald Mountain, Beauregard Vineyard experiences a wider range of temperature fluctuations, including warmer days, and cooler nights. A loamy, but well-draining soil contributes to the concentrated, earthy flavors, and high natural acidity we’ve come to expect from our Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fellom Ranch: Fellom Ranch looks inward toward the Santa Clara Valley from high on Montebello Ridge. The ranch itself has existed since the late 1920’s, but not until the 1970’s were the dramatic slopes painstakingly terraced and planted with several varietals, including the Cabernet Sauvignon which we have received from the Fellom’s for nearly two decades.