Wine is so sensitive to place I realized we had to get the places right first if I wanted to achieve my goals. By improving our farming, we continue to bring vineyards forward that express the character of each varietal.
— Brion Wise
B. Wise Estate
Moon Mountain District
The Moon Mountain District has historically delivered respected Cabernets and has been planted to grapes since 1886. One of the reasons for this is the plateau that lifts these vineyards up into the light, out of the fog.
On the crest of a ridge ten miles from the Pacific, sea shells can be seen in the marine sediment soils of Nobles Family Vineyard. Owner Marvin Nobles remembers finding marine fossils and even shark teeth as a boy, marking a time the land was lifted up from ancient sea beds to 1,200 feet.
Lucky Well is every bit the Russian River Valley local boy in personality; it’s accessible in simple geographical terms, and the wine makes sense in that context. In the sub-suburban setting of Occidental, it is close to upscale groceries and charmed bistros with patches of rural in all directions.
A neighbor to Lucky Well Vineyard, Silver Eagle’s location on the ridge that separates the Sonoma coast from the Russian River Valley positions this vineyard to receive the cooling Pacific moisture and the warmer inland thermal mass, an ideal mixture for Pinot Noir.
A stagecoach road once ran through Amapola Creek. Elevations range from 1,000 down to 400 feet in the China Bowl vineyard blocks, named in honor of Chinese laborers who built a wall in the nineteenth-century, a portion of which can still be seen today near the winery.
The valley has its feet in the Pacific Ocean on the west and runs southeast through the redwood and oak woodlands along the Navarro River, keeping it within reach of the cooling marine air while enjoying ample sunlight and inland warmth.