Walker Vine Hill VineyardRussian River Valley
Located just west of the heart of the Russian River Valley, Walker Vine Hill is another Russian River vineyard surrounded by Pinot noir and Chardonnay. While that might suggest that the area is too cool to fully ripen Syrah, history with this property has proven otherwise. The majority of the vines were planted in the early 90s in Gold Ridge Loam soil known for its dust-like character in the heart of summer. Additionally, a 30-degree north facing hillside has recently been planted that we expect to produce Syrahs of even greater intensity than what we have previously seen from this Russian River vineyard.
Walker Vine Hill VineyardTerroir
The secret of the vineyard seems to be the small hills on 3 compass points that form a bowl opened toward the east. This shelters the property from some of the cool air of the Russian River, raising the temperatures enough throughout the season to produce a wine with a core of blue fruit. We are often amazed at the difference between this wine, and Kobler Family Vineyard – located nearby with similar soil and vine age. Finally, a combination of varying vine age and soil depth creates a surprising amount of variability on this small estate. Therefore in 2008 and moving forward we have taken greater efforts to isolate and segment pieces of the vineyard so that each is harvested at an ideal level of ripeness.
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