Walala comes from the Kashaya Pomo Indian saying “where the water flows down” a reference to the local Gualala River and nearby town of Gualala. Perched atop a ridge along the Sonoma Coast, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Walala Vineyard is located in what is often referred to as the “true” Sonoma Coast AVA.
A 17-acre site, Walala flourishes in the middle of 19,000 acres of pristine forestland, where at 1,200 feet, a world-class Pinot Noir is produced. Goldridge fine, sandy loam and gravelly Hugo loam soils comprise this well-drained vineyard estate. To complement the forest terroir that Walala offers, Winemakers Bob Cabral and Ryan Prichard have chosen to age this wine in a barrel made from staves they have selected from the Châteauroux forest in Center of France. In collaboration with Master Cooper Quinn Roberts of Tonnellerie Ô, they have selected only the tightest-grained wood and created a custom seasoning and toasting regime for this barrel to highlight both the unique terroir of Châteauroux as well as our very own Walala vineyard.
Showcasing the forests of the Sonoma Coast and the Center of France, it is the perfect wine in the perfect barrel, and you will not find anything like it anywhere else.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.