The Helfer Vineyard is located in the Vine Hill area of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard’s densely planted vines require hand cultivation and yield more concentrated fruit than can be achieved by traditional California vine spacing. We bottle this Chardonnay without fining or filtration to preserve its finer qualities.
Syrah yields a nice, relatively rich dry rosé that goes well with fall-time and holiday meals. This wine should pair nicely with the traditional Thanksgiving meal, and should drink well for a year or two after the vintage.
While grown primarily in the sandy Goldridge soil, which tends to produce Pinot Noir with flavors of red fruits and orange peel, this wine also illustrates some of the deep, brooding black cherry character generally found in the region’s clay soils. It was bottled without fining or filtration, and should age gracefully for a handful of years.
This Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir illustrates the pretty, forward characteristics often found in this appellation. This unfined and unfiltered wine exhibits sassafras, cola and red fruit characters with a perky, long finish. It should reach a nice balance between youth and experience at three to five years of age.
We would never be able to forgive ourselves if we didn’t set aside some Pinot Noir from this one single vineyard block and bottle it separately. Both complex and ‘sneaky,’ it possesses our favorite qualities of this variety and region. While seductive in the short term, it should age magnificently due to its balance and gently taut, structural core.