Our Vineyards

Our sustainable farming is the foundation of our world-class wines. With four estate vineyards and several partner vineyards, each block, each varietal clone, each vine is unique in the way it responds to growing conditions and expresses its fruit character.

We work with world renowned viticulturist Dr. Daniel Roberts to help guide our hands-on program. Daniel’s advice matched with Winemaker Jennifer Higgins extreme attention to detail allowed us to develop a program that is fine tuned for each vine. Our small-vine viticulture practices include double Guyot pruning and training; strategic irrigation; scrupulous canopy management; and high-density vine spacing. We shepherd our grapes through the growing cycle: monitoring them; hand-selecting shoots to prune and clusters to watch; and tasting individual berries to ensure we only pick fruit at its optimal ripeness.

Such precision viticulture coaxes each vine to produce concentrated, complex berries with perfectly balanced phenolic ripeness. Our hard work, high touch approach rewards us with a pure, vibrant spectrum of fruit we then translate into wine—authentic portraits of site and clonal character.

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"It is hard work. We are hot, we are cold, we are dirty, we get rained on. We keep getting out there as much time as it takes."

— Winemaker Jennifer Higgens

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Chambers Vineyard

Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Our 30-acre Chambers Vineyard, named for our winery’s owners, is nestled within the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma County. Well-drained volcanic soil and cooling maritime-influenced climate limit vine vigor and allow our fruit to ripen slowly and steadily to reach ideal ripeness. The vineyard’s craggy landscape, with its nooks and peaks, creates unique microclimates, the site strategically divided into 14 distinct blocks.  The four slightly cooler blocks are planted to three Chardonnay clones while warmer blocks are ideal for Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot—our core Bordeaux blending wines.

 

YearVarietalCloneRootstockACREAGEElevationAppellation
2000 Chardonnay 76-Dijon 101-14/3309C 1.43 400 feet Fountain Grove, Sonoma County
2000 Chardonnay 17-Robert Young 101-14/3309C 2.29 400 feet Fountain Grove, Sonoma County
2001 Chardonnay Old Wente 101-14/3309C 7.11 400 feet Fountain Grove, Sonoma County
2000 Chardonnay 343 101-14/3309C 6.26 400 feet Fountain Grove, Sonoma County
2001 Petit Verdot Bevill 101-14 2.67 400 feet Fountain Grove, Sonoma County
2001 Cabernet Franc 332 101-14 2.88 400 feet Fountain Grove, Sonoma County
2001 Malbec 595 101-14/3309C 3.03 400 feet Sonoma County
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Meyers Vineyard

Zinfandel

This 1.75 acre estate vineyard resides on a gentle sloping site, perfect for growing expressive Zinfandel. The Dupratt clone of Zinfandel, one of the oldest in California, yields ripe, juicy grapes that display a bright fruit spectrum of fresh red raspberry and cherry notes. The vines are strategically planted in an orientation that tempers the Dry Creek Valley’s warm sunny days while well-drained soils and careful canopy management coax optimal ripeness.

 

YearVarietalCloneRootstockACREAGEElevationAppellation
2010 Zinfandel Du Pratt 420A 1.75 150 feet Dry Creek Valley
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Winery Ranch Vineyard

Petite Sirah

Just under two acres, our estate Winery Ranch Vineyard is marked by extremely consistent, well-draining soils. This superb soil balance allows us to grow dense, concentrated, perfectly ripened Petite Sirah. We employ an uncommon viticulture method at this site, allowing an extra layer of shade canes on the vines to protect the berries from raisining during the warm Dry Creek Valley growing season. Reaching ideal balance and complexity, at harvest, the grapes taste like fresh black berry pie.

 

 

YearVarietalCloneRootstockACREAGEElevationAppellation
1998 Petite Sirah Vyborny 101-14 1.67 150 feet Dry Creek Valley
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Gilfillan Vineyard

Situated at 1,100 feet elevation on the Sonoma side of Mt. Veeder, our Gilfillan Vineyard is the newest and most exciting vineyard development at Lambert Bridge in more than 20 years. Carved out of 6.5-acres, this steeply sloped mountainside property is laden with as much as 83% volcanic rock—an extreme site for grape growing.     

We planted this vineyard to two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, #15 and #191. With just over 1,800 vines per acre, 11,825 vines total, we aim to achieve a yield of less than three tons per acre of small, dark, highly concentrated berries—the quintessential profile we strive for in our Cabernet Sauvignon.  Now in its 6th leaf, the Gilfillan Vineyard is poised to become one the crown jewels in our Bordeaux program. 

 

YearVarietalCloneRootstockACREAGEElevationAppellation
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 15 & 191 420A 6.52 1,100 ft. Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley
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Bevill Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier

At the southernmost edge of Dry Creek Valley near the fog-laden Russian River Valley, long time vineyard manager and grape grower Duff Bevill scrupulously cultivates his 3.2 acres of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. With more than 40 years of growing under his belt, Duff’s experience and unparalleled attention to detail fits perfectly with our precision philosophy in the vineyard. As lingering fog lifts in the heat of Dry Creek Valley’s afternoon sun, this site is ideal for these white varietals, yielding highly aromatic fruit with full ripeness matched with excellent acidity.

 

YearVarietalCloneRootstockACREAGEElevationAppellation
1995 Sauvignon Blanc 1 5 C 2 Valley floor Dry Creek Valley
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Forchini Vineyard

Jim and Andrew Forchini have farmed their family’s eastern benchland property for decades. Not only are they keenly in tune with their grapes, they are among the most respected farmers in the Dry Creek Valley. Our fruit hails from two small blocks in very old vine sections of the vineyard, planted as far back as 1907. The site’s well-drained gravelly clay loam has a southwest exposure that enjoys generous sunlight, making it the ideal location to grow Zinfandel that is fully ripe, intense, and well-focused.

 

YearVarietalCloneRootstockACREAGEElevationAppellation
1907-1990 Zinfandel Old Clone St. George 1.87 Eastside Benchland Dry Creek Valley
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Grist Vineyard

Two miles north of Lambert Bridge Winery along West Dry Creek Road, at just over
1,200 feet above the Dry Creek Valley floor, the Grist Vineyard was first
planted to vine in 1974. Sitting atop Bradford Mountain well above the fog
line, the vineyard’s unique microclimate affords low humidity, generous
sunshine and cooling afternoon breezes. This incredible site is organically
farmed and head trained, its iron-rich red volcanic soils producing low yields
and concentrated wines.

YearVarietalCloneRootstockACREAGEElevationAppellation
1974 Zinfandel Mead-Atlas Peak St. George 7 rows in Block 3 1,200 ft. Dry Creek Valley