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Laurel Hill Vineyard
Planted: 1990 (Chardonnay), 2002 (Pinot Noir) Our Laurel Hill Vineyard is in the Sonoma Valley appellation. Planted on the Mayo family estate at the foot of Sonoma Mountain, this vineyard is the source for grapes that are used to produce the Mayo Family Estate Chardonnay. In 2000 we planted two additional acres of Pinot Noir. The vineyard itself incorporates a variety of terrain including a sunnier hillside plateau and a valley element. The vineyard is exposed to sunlight from mid morning though the early evening with the hillside receiving longer exposure. Yields increase in this vineyard correlating to the descent into the valley block. Watering cycles, pruning and leaf pulling are specific to the two areas of the vineyard.
Soils: White volcanic ash, dark-black topsoil, and decomposed-rocky granite
Varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Clone: Upper Chalk Hill
Trellising: 1/3 unilateral cordon (hillside block), 2/3 bi-lateral cordon (plateau and valley blocks)
Average yield: 2.1 tons per acre
The old vine Ricci Vineyard sits on a 10-acre block south of the town of Healdsburg on Limerick Lane, next to the Collins vineyard in the Russian River Valley appellation. It is the backbone of the winery's zinfandel commitment. The vineyard produces grapes that consistently create a distinctive wine that has developed a following among zin fanatics.
Soils: Valley floor loam
Rootstock: St. George
Clone: Undocumented old-vine clone from rootstock grown in neighboring vineyards
Trellising: Head pruned (small area of experimental bi-lateral cordon trellising)
Average yield: 1.8 tons per acre