The 2003 growing season began with a very cold and foggy spring. This was followed by the region’s typical summer weather pattern of warm days and cool nights. During the September harvest, two significant heat spikes led to fruit-forward wines. The 2003 vintage is a cuvée of the Vine Hill and Goldridge Vineyards.
Vine Hill Vineyard was home to the county’s finest apples, pears, plums, hops, and grapes, as well as the tiny town of Vine Hill itself. Vine Hill Vineyard boasts a hillside of Gold Ridge soils and the typical Russian River Valley cool weather pattern. Vine Hill fruit, Pommard and 115 clones from the oldest area of the vineyard, contributes rich creamy texture, plum aromas and tastes to the 2003 blend.
Goldridge Vineyard, planted exclusively to Pinot Noir, is in the heart of the Russian River Valley, along the rolling hills that stretch from Forestville to Sebastopol. This is the Cote d’Or of New World Pinot Noir. The Goldridge fruit, entirely clone 777 selected from the oldest block of the vineyard, contributes deep concentrated color, a sense of terroir with earth and mushrooms, and dark cherry and blueberry flavors to the 2003 vintage.