Small Vineyards, Lasting Impression
The Barbers lease and control either particular blocks of grapes on larger vineyards or entire, smaller vineyards. All of their fruit is organically or sustainably farmed. They are believers in the single vineyard model of winemaking: that each wine should come from individual vineyard sites and express the uniqueness of that particular vineyard and soil. They do not blend their wines, and the name of each vineyard is printed on the label.
Sonoma Mountain – Zinfandel
East of Petaluma on Sonoma Mountain, the Sleeping Dog vineyard was planted by the renowned Michael Topolos in 1975. Topolos was always a bastion for organic viticulture, and his vineyard legacy lives on today. It is an organic, dry farmed field blend vineyard with alicante bouschet and petite sirah planted alongside the zinfandel. Tucked away into a remote, east facing sight on a mountain slope, the vineyard benefits from its cool surroundings and volcanic/clay loam soils, yielding grapes of balance and finesse.
Petaluma Gap – Pinot Gris
Our Pinot Gris comes from the southern most tip of Keller Estate, one of the crown jewels of the Petaluma Gap appellation. Planted in 1989 by Arturo Keller and still managed by his daughter Anna, this wind swept and organically farmed vineyard is proof of the exceptional quality of fruit our cooler wine growing area can produce. All the vines here are planted on steep hillsides in chalky clay soils and produce low sugar grapes with balanced acidity.
Petaluma Gap – Chardonnay
A gorgeous vineyard at the base of Taylor Mountain, between Taylor and Sonoma Mountains, the ‘Black Knight Vineyard’ is perched at the very northern edge of the Petaluma Gap AVA and is the coldest vineyard site we work with. Wind and fog cool this vineyard constantly, so the fruit from here is one of the last we harvest. Couple this with the compacted volcanic soil that makes the foundation of most of the vineyard and you have the perfect conditions for growing the sort of chardonnay we want to make: low alcohol, bright fruit with intense minerality. More Burgundian than Californian, the chardonnay we harvest from this vineyard shows way more levels of all different types of acidity than you would find from most other places in Sonoma County. We claim the oldest chardonnay block on site, planted in the early 90’s and farmed organically by Mitch Black and his family.
Carneros – Sangiovese
Just outside of Petaluma and in the southern most part of the Carneros appellation, this vineyard has fantastic views across the bay of San Francisco and Berkeley on a clear day. Planted in 1999 on clay and thin rocky loam, the persistent breeze from the bay cools the Italian varietals on the property and delays ripening. The sangiovese from the property offers a truly elegant, old-world expression of the grape.
Alexander Valley – Sauvignon Blanc
Laughing Raven vineyard is as far as we go from Petaluma for fruit, but when the opportunity rose to take the entire vineyard we had to jump on it. It is located in Alexander Valley, northern Sonoma County, and is entirely sandy, alluvial soils. Planted and farmed sustainably by Jose Zero since 2002, the small 1.5 acre vineyard is entirely sauvignon blanc and yields fruit of intense tropical fruit flavors. Tucked up against the eastern hills of Cloverdale, the vineyard gets less sun per day than the rest of the valley which really helps the intensity and brightness of the sauvignon blanc.