Vineyards & Viticulture Practices
The grapes for Row Eleven Pinot Noirs come from four special vineyards from three distinct appellations. All the vineyards are sustainably grown. Each vineyard brings its own distinct flavors and characteristics. We prefer Pinot Noir wine made from multiple clones and we use multiple vineyards to make wine that is as complex as it is rich, delicious and special. Our multiple generation growers are considered the experts in their appellations.
Pinot Noir - Sierra Madre Vineyards (SIP Certified)
Originally planted in 1971, Sierra Madre Vineyard is the most northern and one of the westernmost vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, only 15 miles from the coast, and benefits greatly from its unique marine influence.
As its proximity to the ocean dictates, the soils of Sierra Madre Vineyard are marine by nature, and made up of sandy to sandy-loam textures. Soil vigor is considered low, which contributes to extensive root development, lower yields and concentrated fruit. Two types of sandy loam soil series exist here; Garey Sandy Loam and Pleasanton Sandy Loam. Both are well-drained and low in organic material. The Garey series has been deposited over many years by deep water drain ways, and is characteristic of wind modified terraces. The Pleasanton series soils were formed in alluvial deposits derived from sedimentary rock, and have a cobbly clay loam sub-soil.
Pinot Noir - Dutton Ranch (SIP Certified)
The Dutton family has been working the land in Sonoma County since the 1880s. Today, they sustainably and organically farm 1,300 acres (1100 in vineyards, 200 in apple orchards) in the Russian River Valley and Green Valley AVAs.
The vineyard is located on the southwestern part of the Russian River Valley also described as Green Valley. The soils are primarily Goldridge Series (low vigor, marine derived, fine, sandy, dark yellow loam over sandy loam and fractured sandstone) and some Franciscan (light brown, sandy clay loam with higher magnesium content.
Pinot Noir - Sanchietti Ranch (SIP Certified, Fish-Friendly)
The Russian River Valley climate is created by cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean. Much like the tide, it ebbs and flows through the Petaluma Wind Gap and the channel cut by the Russian River. The fog usually arrives in the evening and retreats to the ocean the following morning, allowing for an extended growing season - twenty percent longer than neighboring areas.
A collision of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates caused an uplift of ancient bedrock, which then eroded, resulting in the deposits of volcanic ash on shallow ocean bottom. The result was the Russian River’s special Goldridge loam soil along with eroded volcanic material and in some areas large amounts of clay in the central portion of the appellation.
Pinot Noir - Antica Napa Valley (SIP Certified)
Used as a component in our Viñas 3 Pinot Noir, Antica Napa Valley is a breathtaking estate set high in the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley. Located in the remote Atlas Peak District, the 550-acre estate produces only small lots of wines, a testament to the discipline and care of the Antinori Family. Its hilly terrain, rocky soils, high elevations and beautiful landscape create above all an estate ideal for winegrowing. The estate is committed to sustainable farming.