Sutter Ranch Vineyard
This vineyard is located deep in the delta in the southern most part of the Clarksburg AVA where the average temperature is lower than than the northern end and of the Lodi AVA to the east. The wind howls through the vineyard bringing cool marine air that tempers the summer heat. I make several passes each year to pick just the right fruit at just the right time. The first pick is for Methode Traditionelle. The second pick is for both Pet Nat and the barrel fermented still wine. I look for a nexus of acidity, sweetness, flavor and phenolic ripeness in order to produce Chenin Blanc that exceeds the expectations of Sacramento Delta wine.