A Cool Paradise
Named for the early Russian fur trappers who settled on the California coast in the first part of the 19th century, the Russian River Valley is formed by the eponymous river which cuts through the rugged Coast Range Mountains. This creates a passageway for the cool afternoon sea breezes and evening fog, which flow inland before eventually spreading out onto the Santa Rosa Plain.
Delicate Pinot Noir grapes thrive in these cool growing conditions, producing wine with lush red fruit aromas and velvety, well-integrated tannins. It is also an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay as the cooling influence preserves the grapes’ natural acidity, giving them crisp fruit flavors of green apple, pear and lime.