Vineyard Profiles

Alder Springs Vineyard, Mendocino

Our first harvest with Alder Springs Vineyard was in 2008 and these wines were released in 2010. Located in the heart of Mendocino County, two hours north of Santa Rosa, the vineyard is planted with a broad variety of grapes with a focus on Rhone and Burgundy varietals and sustainably farmed.

The vineyard is planted on the east-facing slope of a mountain ridge that is seven miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vines are planted at a high density of 2000 to 3300 vines per acre situated on steep hillsides at an elevation of between 1700' and 2700' above sea level. The soil is well drained and consists mostly of decomposing sandstone.

We currently source Pinot Noir and Syrah from Alder Springs. The young wines in barrel show a lot of promise. The colors are vivid, the flavors are brimming with dark red fruits and the structure and mouthfeel is quite intense with a long finish. In the next couple of years, we hope to add Marsanne and Roussanne from this vineyard to our program.

Manchester Ridge Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

Located just four miles from the Pacific Ocean, Manchester Ridge Vineyard sits above the Anderson Valley in Mendocino. It resides in a recently created American Viticulture Area (AVA) called Mendocino Ridge. The Mendocino Ridge AVA is a series of ridge top vineyards with a minimum elevation of 1200' as a requirement for inclusion in the AVA.

The vineyard sits on Adams Ridge, at the edge of a bluff 2000' above sea level. The views, to say the least, are quite dramatic. The soil consists primarily of decomposing sandstone on gentle slopes, thereby providing excellent drainage. The temperatures are moderated by ocean breezes and rarely get past 90°F, thus allowing for slow ripening and optimal hang times. The vineyard is sustainably farmed.

Our first harvest with Mendocino Ridge Vineyard was in 2008 and we brought in a few tons of Pinot Noir. The young wine is very nice with a dark red cherry color, lovely red fruits and great balance and complexity. This wine was released in 2010.

Russian River Valley

The Russian River Valley is renowned for producing superb Pinot Noirs and is widely regarded as one of the premier locations in California for this fickle grape. We source our Russian River Valley (RRV) grapes from two very different vineyards.

Our Eastside Road vineyard is planted on rolling hills. The soil is alluvial clay loam that drains well, allowing moderate stress to make the vines work a little harder to ripen their fruit. The clonal selection is a field selection known as the Martini clone. The fruit coming from this vineyard produces ripe red fruits and aromatics that complement and balance our Willowside vineyard. The vineyard is farmed sustainably and yields are low, in the 2.0 to 2.5 tons per acre (TPA) range.

Our Willowside vineyard is relatively flat and sits on the valley floor. The soils are clay loam with a mix of Goldridge loam. Soils here don't drain as well as hillside vineyards so water management is key to managing vine stress. The vineyard is planted to the UCD 23 clone and produces dark, well structured wines that form the backbone of our Russian River Pinot Noir. This vineyard is farmed sustainably and yields are in the 2.5 to 3.0 TPA range.

Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley

In the hills high above Napa Valley sits a vineyard that embodies the term special. The Stagecoach Vineyard is one of the most exciting vineyards to be developed in the last 50 years in California. It is situated at the end of Soda Canyon Road at elevations ranging from 900 to 1700 feet above sea level. The neighborhood is home to many special vineyards including Bryant Family, Colgin, David Arthur and Dalla Valle.

Jan Krupp and his team are passionate about farming this amazing vineyard and they employ sustainable practices. Carved out of a volcanic flow from Mount St. Helena, the soil is red, orange and brown and littered with stones and boulders. Jan and his crew have carved out over 500,000 tons of boulders to create this vineyard. Some of the boulders are as large as SUV's.

The vineyard sits above the fog line which allows sun to shine on the vineyard while the neighbors below are covered in fog. The combination of cool nights and warm days allows for great complexity and long hang times. Our Syrah from Stagecoach is usually harvested in mid to late October. The sparse, rocky soils keep yields low and the well drained volcanic rock stresses vines to produce intense and complex wines.

Unti Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Unti Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery and vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. The alluvial clay loam soils are well drained and the dry Mediterranean climate is ideal for growing fruit driven red varietals like Zinfandel, Italian and Rhone varieties.

George Unti and his team, led by Vineyard Manager Levi Glen, are committed to growing great wine grapes and their dedication shows in the quality of wines coming out of this great vineyard. They rely on traditional farming techniques while incorporating the latest technology and innovations. Their experimentation with new clones and high density planting continues to yield impressive results.

After years of farming sustainably, the Untis began using biodynamic vineyard practices in 2004 in order to make the vines self-sustaining and adaptive to their natural environment. Having worked with the vineyard since 2001, we've noticed a distinct shift in the wines personality. The wines have taken on more minerality and show more depth and range in the core of fruit that defines the wines.

Olson Ogden Wines are made with food in mind, as we believe wine is an integral part of a good meal. Our primary goal is to produce balanced, complex and tasty wines that express the terroir and vintage from which they come. Nowhere is this truer than with a bottle of our Unti Vineyard Syrah!