The 2004 growing season began with a warm spring and early summer in the Russian River Valley. Overnight fogs burned off by late morning; daytime temperatures rose into the 80′s; cool fogs returned in the late afternoon. An early fall heat spell broke the charm, but the farming crews at both Hallberg (formerly Goldridge) and Vine Hill Vineyards were prepared, and we harvested our vines in their prime.
Vine Hill Vineyard was home to the county’s finest apples, pears, plums, and hops before Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines were planted in the mid-1990s. Gold Ridge soils and a cool Russian River Valley weather pattern are typical of this vineyard.
Vine Hill is the backbone of the Three Plumes cuvée. Pommard and 115 clones from 12 year-old vines contribute fresh floral aromas, red berry tastes and cream cherry textures to the 2004 Three Plumes.
Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir, Hallberg Vineyard 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.
Hallberg is the backbone of the Queste cuvée. Clone 777 fruit selected from the oldest area of this vineyard contributes intense deep purple color, a sense of terroir, dark cherry and blackberry flavors, and a long powerful finish to the 2004 Queste.