Casa Verde

CCasa Verde is a magical vineyard lying on the same bench as Niemi in Redwood Valley, though the alluvial soil here is Yokayo Series. Peter Chevalier farms these 70 year old, head pruned, dry farmed vines traditionally with cross cultivation. Amongst the ten acres of field blended red grapes lie 230 French Colombard vines, planted intermittently. The red grapes are a mix of Carignane, Grenache, and an as yet unidentified variety.

 

Lolonis

The Lolonis Vineyards are a stunning throwback, in the best possible ways. It’s an authentic working farm employing the same vineyard practices first adopted when it was planted in the 1940s by Frank Lolonis; wide spacing, cross cultivation, organic farming and no irrigation. It lies at the southern end of Redwood Valley on an upheaved alluvial bench. The soil series is Yokayo. New owners, Denise Poulos, Frank’s granddaughter, and her husband Athan Poulos, are keeping it in the family

The beautiful head pruned Sémillon vines are interplanted amongst black grapes in a block in the heart of the vineyard.

 

Nube Bianco

My beautiful wife Kathleen has Sicilian roots (maiden name Giglio) and we’d often thought that if we were to make a white wine it should be of Roman (or at least Greco-Roman) origin. We were thinking of a dry Muscat. To quote Jancis Robinson in Vine Grapes and Wines, Muscat, as a variety, rates as “very good quality, not at all modish”. Right up my alley.

Nube Bianco is planted to, among other things, true Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains (France), also known as Moscato Bianco (Italy), the best of the Muscats for dry wine production. The vineyard lies on the east side of Potter Valley, southwest facing. The soil series is Yokayo.

 
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