- Pinot Noir Clones: Pommard 5 & 115
- Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
- Harvest Date: September 5
- Block: C
- Brix at Harvest: 24.0
- Total Harvest: 6.3 tons
- Yield: 3.2 tons per acre
In the late nineteenth century the Hill family planted grapes on their hillside in western Sonoma County: Vine Hill Vineyard was born. Vines were torn out during prohibition, but this property was home to the county’s finest apples, pears, plums, and hops before Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were reintroduced in the mid-1990s.
The challenge of the 2005 growing season was unseasonably cold and wet spring weather. This not only damaged many of the budding flowers, but it increased the threat of mildew growth. Fortunately, most of the vines in C Block were dormant late into the spring due to cold soil temperatures; the vines in C Block slept right through the disaster! Thereafter, Vine Hill Vineyard was blessed with a typical summer of overnight cool fogs, moderate daytime temperatures, and an Indian Summer during harvest.
The Vine Hill Vineyard is planted with traditional spacing of 8 by 5 feet, yielding 1087 vines per acre. Farming practices at the Vine Hill Vineyard include cane pruning, thinning at veraison, and minimal irrigation. Block C is the oldest planting at the Vine Hill Vineyard.
Pommard clone is known for its full fruit expression, while clone 115 contributes floral elegance. Planted in the mid 1990’s these vines are in their prime, their deep root structure absorbing many different soil expressions and adding complexity to the fruit flavors.