“The most impressive aspect of these wines for me is the stunning and bountiful fruit aromas, and the complexity of flavors on the palate. The wines evolve with just a few minutes in the glass to provide lush fruit and great acidity on the finish…”
– Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Nestled in the Russian River AVA in Sonoma County, just outside of the town of Forestville, famous for its unique “Gold Ridge” sandy soils and cool coastal influence – the newest edition to our portfolio of Estate vineyards, Collina d’Oro is the idyllic setting for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Each block of this 15-acre vineyard – formerly a 50-year-old organic Gravenstein apple orchard – is planted with careful attention to clonal diversity and varietal expression. Six unique Pinot Noir clones including DRC, Pommard and 777, enhance the dimension and complexity of our Collina d’Oro Pinot Noir, while our Chardonnay is planted to the classic Wente clone – perfectly suited to this exceptional site.
Both wines offer deep aromas and luscious, layered fruit with fleshy, dense volume in the mouth and succinct minerality all at once – showcasing the Russian River AVA at its very best in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We are delighted to offer these two new beauties as a part of our collection.
Aromas of green apple, lemon and vanilla introduce this bright, crisp Chardonnay. Fruity and juicy on the palate with bold yet balanced oak and buttery notes punctuated by minerality and firm acidity – our 2017 Collina d’Oro Chardonnay is fine example of the unique characteristics offered by this special vineyard. $48/bottle
BEST CHARDONNAY, 95 Points & Platinum – Winemaker Challenge
BEST CHARDONNAY, 95 Points & Platinum – Monterey Wine Competition
95 Points & Double Gold – American Fine Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal – SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Elegant and beautifully balanced, this Pinot Noir has aromas of ripe cherry, vanilla, a hint of savory herbs and black tea. On the palate it is bold, rich and refined with a hint of dusty cherry. A luscious, full mouthfeel is enhanced by silky tannins and a long, satisfying finish. $52/bottle
91 Points & Gold – Winemaker Challenge
91 Points & Gold – San Diego Int’l Wine Competition
Gold Medal – SF Chronicle Wine Competition