Nash Mill Vineyard
In 2017, we acquired one of our favorite Northern California Pinot Noir vineyards, Nash Mill Vineyard. Located outside of Philo in the North-Western portion of the Anderson Valley AVA, in the so-called Deep End, the small vineyard is a prized late ripening site which benefits from its proximity to the California coast.
Originally planted in 2003 by Jim Barr, who added many tons of crushed limestone to the site before planting, the approximately 4 acre vineyard has become a dependably excellent site for Pinot Noir. Much of the credit for that is due to the Robinson Family of Husch Vineyards, who were excellent stewards from 2006-2017. The Robinsons oversaw trellising, the practice of sustainable farming methods and attained certification for Fish Friendly Farming.
An increasing number of excellent single vineyard wines have been produced by wineries including Waits-Mast, Smith Story, and Husch over the past decade. We are excited to carry on the work at Nash Mill Vineyard and maintain continuity of diligent farming while transitioning the site to organic methods.
Grapes from the 2017 harvest will be sold to a handful of solid Pinot Noir producers including Waits-Mast, Smith Story, Husch, and Drew Family Cellars- each of whom have produced delicious wine from Nash Mill Vineyard.
A small portion of the fruit this year will be dedicated to our first small-lot Estate Grown Pinot production, which will be available in early 2019. The wine will be an indigenous fermentation, aged in neutral French oak. The goal is to release less than 100 cases of distinctive, balanced, bright yet earthy, terroir-driven, small-lot wine from 100% Estate Grown grapes.