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Mancini Ranch - 1830 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa

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Old-vine Zinfandel Vineyard.


August, 2014

Acquired by:
    Twin Hill Vineyard LLC
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
    Papera Ranch, Saitone Ranch, Maffai Ranch, DeLoach Winery,
Area Description:
    Piner-Olivet.
Parcel Size:
    19.27 acres.
Planted:
    +/- 15.00 acres.
Soils:
    Huichica loam.
Slopes:
    Primarily 0-5%.
Elevation:
    +/- 100 feet.
Aspect:
    Neutral Aspect.
Represented:
    Buyer


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Delaney Stock Ranch - 6188 Stoetz Lane, Sebastopol

This 140 acre property is a former cattle ranch situated on a ridge-top northeast of the town of Occidental.  Price Family Vineyards/Classic Wines acquired this property in March of 2014.  When planting to Pinot Noir is complete, the property will have the distinction of being the highest-elevation west county vineyard carrying the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA tag.  Stoetz Lane is home of the premium vineyards Silver Eagle and Cirq Wines' Treehouse Vineyard, among others.  Price plans fruit from this new vineyard to fuel programs at his expanding portfolio of wine labels including Kistler, Kosta Browne and Three Sticks.  

Grazing Ranch and Homestead.

March, 2014

Acquired by:
Price Family Wines, http://www.threestickswines.com/
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
Silver Eagle, Ruxton, Treehouse, Riddle Ranch.
Area Description:
Western Green Valley.
Parcel Size:
139.77 acres.
Plantable:
+/- 20.00 acres.
Soils:
Goldridge fine sandy loam.
Slopes:
Primarily 0-15%.
Elevation:
+/- 840-920 feet.
Aspect:
Mix of eastern, southen and western exposures.
Represented:
Seller


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Twin Hill Ranch - 1689 Elphick Road, Sebastopol

Twin Hill Apple Ranch has operated as an apple production facility and community hospitality center for 70 years.  It was sold in January 2014 and will operate as Twin Hill Vineyard LLC.  The new owners are involved in food processing equipment and sales, and were looking for a unique site suitable for building a winery and farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  

The property is 21 acres, with 5 acres of vineyard and 7 acres of apple and citrus orchards.  The new owners' plans are to convert 3 acres of apples to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and farm the vineyard and orchards organically.  Much renovation will be done to the property's multiple residences, as well as re-purposing the historic apple production facility for winemaking.

The project will be managed by Sebastopol resident and UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Masters alumnus -- and property co-owner--Max Reichwage.


Historic Apple Ranch and Vineyard.

January, 2014

Acquired by:
Twin Hill Vineyard LLC
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
Jenkins, Kanzler Family, David Bruce, Owsley, and Mukaida-Peters Vineyard.
Area Description:
The hills southwest of Sebastopol.
Parcel Size:
21.15 acres.
Planted:
5 acres in Pinot Noir, 10 acres in apples and 1 acre of citrus.
Soils:
Goldridge fine sandy loam.
Slopes:
Primarily 0-5% with some 5-15%.
Elevation:
+/- 340-370 feet.
Aspect:
Varied aspect(s) including gentle west and eastern exposures.
Represented:
Buyer
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Weeks Vineyard - 12185 Occidental Road, Sebastopol

The Weeks Vineyard is planted to 12 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in the hilly western portion of the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA.  This mostly southeast-facing ridge-line property is set on Goldridge sandy loam soils at an elevation of 650 feet.

Far Niente Vineyards purchased it in November of 2013, adding to its portfolio of Green Valley and Russian River Valley vineyards to support its family of premium labels including, Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Dolce and its newest program, EnRoute Pinot Noir.  


Premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Vineyard.

November, 2013

Acquired by:
Far Niente Winery, http://www.farniente.com/
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
Searby Vineyard, Bootleggers Hill, Dutton's - Jentoff and Occidental Ridge.
Area Description:
The hills west of Sebastopol.
Parcel Size:
57.00 acres.
Planted:
9 acres in Chardonnay, 3 acres in Pinot Noir, with an additional 5 acres scheduled to be planted to Pinot.
Soils:
Goldridge fine sandy loam.
Slopes:
Mix of 5-30%.
Elevation:
+/- 550-650 feet.
Aspect:
Primarily east and south facing with some north and west.
Represented:
Buyer
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The Blaney Ranch - 16000 Coleman Valley, Occidental

Driving west at 1000 feet elevation on Coleman Valley Road west of Occidental, one can't miss the large ridge top pasture fronting the road with grand views over the Russian River Valley to Mt. St. Helena.  The property is arguably the best and last great expansive parcel along the ridge tops of Freestone-Occidental -- and ideal locale of growing the finest Pinot Noir.

Pearl Morissette Wines recognized this, and purchased the property in July 2013 to make it the latest addition to their portfolio of Sonoma Coast vineyard sites focusing on world-class Pinot Noir.  Winemaker Francois Morissette visualizes planting multiple small vineyard blocks, each with their own unique charecter given the multiple orientations and topography among the sprawling 81-acre ridge top.  


Grazing ranch with premium Pinot Noir potential.

July, 2013

Acquired by:
Pearl Morrisette, http://www.pearlmorissette.com/
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
The Haven, Nevina's, Guidicci, Freeman Vineyard Ranch. 
Area Description:
Ridgetop west of Occidental, True Sonoma Coast
Parcel Size:
81.00 ac.
 Est. Plantable:
25.00 ac.
Soils:
Goldridge fine sandy loam.
Slopes:
Primarily 0-5% with some 5-15% and 15-30%.
Elevation:
+/- 900’ – 1000’.
Aspect:
Slight east and northeast tilt.  
Represented:
Buyer

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Lerner Vineyard - 2345 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa

In 2011, Ehren Jordan, proprietor and winemaker of Failla Wines, had the task of expanding production of his premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brand by several thousand cases. Months before the looming grape shortage was widely recognized and while many were still grappling with sluggish wine sales, Ehren was working in earnest to locate and acquire premium vineyards to secure his grape sources to support Failla’s growth plans.

The 15 acre Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard is located on one of the Russian River Valley AVA’s most storied lanes: Olivet Road. Failla, known for its premium Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast, has big plans for this vineyard for its Russian River Valley wine programs.


Premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Vineyard.

December, 2011

Acquired by:
Ehren Jordan - Failla Wines, www.faillawines.com
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
Olivet Lane Estate, Papera Ranch, Historic Tom Feeney Ranch, Deloach Winery.
Area Description:
Well established winery road known for quality Pinot Noir and historic Old Vine Zinfandel plantings.
Parcel Size:
23.00 acres.
Planted/Plantable:
8 acres in Chardonnay, 5 acres in Pinot Noir, with an additional 4 acres scheduled to be planted to Pinot.
Soils:
Huichica loam.
Slopes:
Less that 5%.
Elevation:
+/- 50 feet.
Aspect:
N/A, parcel is very level.
Represented:
Buyer
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Nevina's Vineyard - 18101 Willow Creek Rd, Occidental

When Chad and Shawna Richard were looking for a wine country home to spend their weekends, they also had interest in a small vineyard that would be the beginning of the expansion of the Furthermore Wines brand—a boutique producer of ultra-premium, vineyard designate, Pinot Noirs, operated by Chad and business partner Bob Zeches.

This Willow Creek Rd home with small vineyard northwest of Occidental on the true Sonoma Coast was a great match. The two-acre Pinot Noir vineyard was being farmed by renowned west county vineyard manager Scott Zeller, with grapes going into a vineyard-designate program at Thomas Brown’s Rivers-Marie label. Renamed “Nevina’s Vineyard” after the Richards’ young daughter, the vineyard is the first estate vineyard for Furthermore Wines. We look forward to tasting Furthermore’s first vintage from the 2011 harvest.


Ultra premium boutique Pinot Noir Vineyard and Estate.

September, 2011

Acquired by:
Furthermore Wines, www.furthermorepinotnoir.com
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
Littorai - The Haven Vineyard, Stuller Vineyard, Joya Vineyard.
Area Description:
Ridgetop west of Occidental, True Sonoma Coast
Parcel Size:
4.8 ac.
Planted:
1.5 acres planted to high density Pinot Noir.
Soils:
Josephine loam.
Slopes:
15-30%.
Elevation:
+/- 1200’ – 1250’.
Aspect:
West facing.
Represented:
Buyer

 
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Original Wilson Family Homestead - 111 Wilson Road, Sebastopol

This property sits on an elevated bench in the Russian River Valley AVA’s Green Valley. Price Family Vineyards of Sonoma swiftly moved in when we listed this rarely-available 23 acre parcel in early 2011. Partially planted to apple orchard, the property has ideal soils and topography for growing premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Price is in the process of developing the property, with first vines in the ground in early 2012. Price Family Vineyard wines can be found under the Three Sticks label.


Premium benchland orchard, subsequently planted to Pinot Noir vineyard.

April, 2011

Acquired by:
Price Family Vineyards – Three Sticks, www.threestickswines.com
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
Littorai Estate Winery – Pivot Vineyard, Merry Edwards – Meredith Estate, Devoto Garden Vineyard, Martinelli - Bondi Home Ranch, Balletto - Burnside Road Vineyard.
Area Description:
Benchland west of Sebastopol, the Sebastopol Hills.
Parcel Size:
23.90
Est. Plantable:
12+/-
Soils:
Goldridge fine sandy loam.
Slopes:
Primarily under 15% with some 15-30%.
Elevation:
+/- 150’ – 250’.
Aspect:
Primarily east facing.
Represented:
Seller

 
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Felton Acres - 5800 Blank Rd, Sebastopol

Felton Acres is a pasture and forage based multi-species farm located in south Sebastopol.  Their farming philosiphy is one of dynamic foraging: they move their animals frequently to new pastures so the forage component of their diet is frequently refreshed and always changing. 

In 2010 they purchased a 23 acre farm to accomadate their growing livestock operation.  In the summer of 2013, they acquired an adjacent 23 acres, a former horse facility with multiple barns and structures, slated to become the hub of their farming operations.  Felton Acres' chickens, eggs and various meats can be found in many of West County's quality grocers and farmer's markets. 


Diversified Organic Farm.

January, 2011 & July, 2013

Acquired by:
Felton Acres, www.feltonacres.com
Area Description:
Gently rolling with a mix of grazing land, horse properties and vineyards.
Parcel Size:
46.00
Soils:
Goldridge fine sandy loam.
Slopes:
Primarily under 5% with some 5-30%.
Elevation:
+/- 175’ – 275’.
Aspect:
North facing.
Represented:
Buyer

 
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Pearl Morissette Taylor Lane Vineyard, 17456 Taylor Ln, Occidental

As François Morissette and his long-time soils scientist Jacques stood 5 feet deep in the first soil pit dug on this Taylor Lane parcel west of Occidental, François stated flatly: “This is the most pristine and undisturbed ground that I have ever seen”. Jacques, who has worked side by side with François since their work in Burgundy over a decade ago, added: “If you can’t get ‘terroir’ here—you can’t get it anywhere.”

This property was essentially the last remaining developable parcel on Freestone-Occidental’s famed Taylor Lane. The parcel has since been fully-planted in 2011 to 5.5 acres of vines. Taylor Lane was made famous by its earliest plantings at the Summa Vineyard in the late 1970’s, gaining notoriety from early 1990’s releases by Williams Selyem. François and business partner Mel Pearl, and their Pearl Morissette label, expect their first vintage of premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the 2015 harvest.


Native grassland subsequently planted to Pinot Noir.

November, 2010

Acquired by:
Pearl Morrisette, http://www.pearlmorissette.com/
Neighboring Vineyards and Wineries:
Summa, Theiriot, Taylor Lane Vineyard, Que Syrah
Area Description:
Hillside west of Occidental, True Sonoma Coast
Parcel Size:
8.72 ac.
Planted/Plantable:
5.5 ac.
Soils:
Goldridge fine sandy loam.
Slopes:
Primarily 5-15% with some 0-5% and some 15-30%.
Elevation:
+/- 850’ – 900’.
Aspect:
East facing, slight north tilt.
Represented:
Buyer

 
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