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The Chambers Vineyard, named for the winery owners, encompasses 30 planted acres in the newest Sonoma County AVA, the Fountaingrove District.View
In 2010, we replanted our estate Zinfandel Vineyard next to the winery.View
One of two estate vineyards located at the winery, our Winery Ranch Vineyard is just under two acres of Petite Sirah.View
The most recent vineyard to be developed is in a unique high hillside area of the Southern Mayacamas Mountains, just east of the town of Sonoma.View
Jim and Andrew Forchini are great winegrowing partners. Having farmed their benchland property for a couple of generations, not only are they keenly in tune with their grapes, they are one of the most respected farmers in Dry Creek Valley.View
Grist Vineyard is located 2 miles to the north of Lambert Bridge Winery along West Dry Creek Road.View
Located at the southern most edge of Dry Creek Valley, near the fog-laden Russian River Valley, are the Bevill Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier Vineyards.View
Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
The Chambers Vineyard, named for the winery owners, encompasses 30 planted acres in the newest Sonoma County AVA, the Fountaingrove District. The volcanic soil and maritime-influenced climate produces fruit perfect for crafting our elegant Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals. Parceled into 14 individual blocks of grapevines, this slightly cooler growing region anchors our Chardonnay program (4 different Chardonnay blocks with 3 different clones) is also the prime growing region for the core blenders (Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec) of our Bordeaux program. Varied elevations create unique microclimates. We have worked tirelessly with our vineyard team to ensure that each vine reaches its full potential.
In 2010, we replanted our estate Zinfandel Vineyard next to the winery. The following year, we grafted new vines onto the rootstock and started training the young vines. Each vine is individually evaluated and pruned according to it’s strengths and weaknesses. Weaker vines go back to two buds and spend another year letting their roots grow stronger. Larger vines are trained up the stake and onto the wire.
One of two estate vineyards located at the winery, our Winery Ranch Vineyard is just under two acres of Petite Sirah. The estate-bottled Petite Sirah has become a wine club favorite as well as an important blending component in our small block Zinfandel program.
The most recent vineyard to be developed is in a unique high hillside area of the Southern Mayacamas Mountains, just east of the town of Sonoma. The Gilfillan Vineyard is situated at 1,100 feet elevation on the southwest facing slope of the Mayacamas Mountain range southeast of the town of Glen Ellen. The soil contains as much as 83% volcanic rock.
The vine spacing is 4’ between vines and 6’ between rows and the hard-wrought 6.52 acres is planted in 2 clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, #15 and #191. With just over 1,800 vines per acre (11,825 vines total) we expect to achieve a maximum yield of less than 3 tons per acre – perfect for the concentration we strive for in our Cabernet Sauvignon.
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Jim and Andrew Forchini are great winegrowing partners! Having farmed their eastern benchland property for a couple of generations, not only are they in keenly tune with their grapes, they are some of the most respected farmers in Dry Creek Valley. We have contracted fruit from small blocks and some very old vine sections of the vineyards. With portions of the vineyard planted in 1907, it is no wonder the vineyard designated Forchini Zinfandel is winery favorite.
Grist Vineyard is located 2 miles to the north of Lambert Bridge Winery along West Dry Creek Road. At just over 1,200 feet above the Dry Creek Valley floor, this gorgeous vineyard was first planted in 1974 by the Hambrecht Family on the top of Bradford Mountain. Since 2003, the Grist Vineyard has been organically farmed with vines that are head pruned, and sit in iron–rich red volcanic soils that stress the vines into low yields and concentrated wines.
Like many of our other mountain vineyards, Grist Vineyard benefits from being on top of Bradford Mountain, which is well above the fog line. This special micro climate of decreased humidity, increased hours of sunshine, and the cool afternoon breeze helps make this site a truly, unique vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. We first started working with this fruit in 2009 as part of our Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, and expect to release our first vineyard designated, Grist Vineyard Zinfandel, in June 2014.
Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
Located at the southern most edge of Dry Creek Valley, near the fog-laden Russian River Valley, are the Bevill Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier Vineyards. A longer fog each day, followed by the heat of Dry Creek Valley sun, these vineyards are perfectly suited for these varietals. We have been working with vineyard owner Duff Bevill for a number of vintages and could not be more pleased with the fruit and his commitment to excellence. Because of the extremely high quality and consistent fruit character from Duff’s vineyard, we bottled the 2008 and 2009 vintages as a vineyard designation for both varietals.