Inspired by the majesty of the wild Sonoma Coast, Proprietors Linda and Lester Schwartz founded Fort Ross Vineyard in 1994 when they began preparing grassland at the top of a steep, windswept coastal ridge to plant to vines. Planting began in 1998 making 2018 a celebration of 20 years. This picturesque 52-acre single vineyard is a necklace of 32 small mountain blocks that range in elevation from 1200 to 1700 feet overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With Winemaker Jeff Pisoni at the helm, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery strives to craft wines of purity and elegance that reflect the challenges of this extreme site through minimal winemaking intervention and dedicated micro-farming practices.
This never before lot, “The True Terraces” is a pure expression of a single clone from a unique terraced block that captures the essence and character of the Calera Clone. Painstakingly carved out of the steep hillside that faces the cool Pacific, this may be one of the most extreme plantings on the Sonoma Coast. The wine for these 60 bottles was selected from our favorite “Terraces” barrels and crafted exclusively for the Sonoma County Barrel Auction. This elegant Pinot Noir is defined by black raspberry and plum underscored by rose petals, orange peel and savory spice notes. Supple yet youthful tannins give way to the captivating velvety texture that lingers throughout the plush finish. This multi-dimensional, beautifully integrated, finely structured Pinot Noir invites decanting and is certain to evolve gracefully for years to come.