Considered the fringe of where grape growing is feasible in California, West Sonoma Coast has an expanding culture of eco-conscious vintners who embrace organic and biodynamic viticulture. The vines’ proximity to the Pacific expresses cooler temperatures from morning fog and ocean breezes. This, combined with a kaleidoscope of soils and elevated ridges that rise to 1,500 feet and an extraordinarily long growing season contributes to the wine’s overall heightened acidity, lower alcohol, and innate freshness.
The vines are dry-farmed organically and biodynamically on soils that have never seen chemicals. High-density plantings (3,600 vines per acre vs more typical 1,600) ensures stasis amongst the vines. 100% whole cluster fermentation, longer élevage in larger casks, and intentional bottle-aging are all married with the intent to be as minimalistic as possible. The parcel that grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is known as the Komorebi Vineyard because the 6.25-acre vineyard of Goldridge fine sandy loam is in close proximity to sequoia trees. In Japanese, the word “Komorebi” means “sunlight filtered through the leaves of trees.”