The vintage of a wine is a story in a bottle; the story of the journey of the growing season from bud break to harvest, with the last 30 days before harvest being the most meaningful. However, the weather during flowering has a larger effect on quantity and quantity and is often the first indicator for quality. Every year I try to capture the voice of the vintage. Knowing my sites well, I use my tools wisely, from crop thinning to irrigation, to bring out intensity and grace.
Ideally the wine is made in the vineyard, meaning that as the fruit comes in, our job is to destem and ferment the juice, making sure the process runs smoothly until the young wine is finally aging in hand selected oak barrels. But in some years the cellar work is our last resource to bring out the best of the vintage. That is why the full journey from vineyard to bottle is so meaningful.
2014: The even ripening offered us fruit that was balanced, elegant and playful. No edges or curves, just delicious.
2015: Uneven weather at flowering caused a modest set and smaller berries which is always an indicator for more tannins. The 2015s do have curves and edges. While delicious now, they want you to take time and give them some air, and will reward us in years to come. They have a lot of concentration that will continue to resolve with additional time in the bottle.
2016 blessed us with another near-perfect growing season. The vintage was eerily reminiscent of 2014: an early season starting with an early bud break and flowering. The vineyards brought the goods and we were able to capture them. I think the 2016s are accessible and serious. They are elegant and structured.
Enjoy three unique vintages now and see the site through the lens of the growing season. Cheers! –Anne Moller Racke
2016 Pinot Noir
Anne Katherina Vineyard, Carneros428 cases
Blue Farm takes its name from the farmhouse at Anne Moller-Racke’s home and vineyard in Carneros. In 2001, Anne planted seven acres of pinot noir divided into three blocks dedicated to the Swan clone and three Dijon clones. The Dijon 115 contributes perfume and power; the Swan fills the wine’s middle, adding body and textural layers, and the Dijon 667 and 777 lend structure. Together they produce one complete wine from the Anne Katherina vineyard.
King Ridge Vineyard
2014 Pinot Noir
King Ridge Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview256 cases
94pts, Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
94 points, Cellar Selection – "...this wine opens as if it were a lovely, expansive rose garden, so fragrant and intensely earthly. Built with sizable tannic structure and toasty oak, it features burly waves of spicy acidity and warm baking spices." Wine Enthusiast
King Ridge Vineyard
2015 Pinot Noir
King Ridge Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview168 cases
92pts, Jeb Dunnuck
I loved the 2015 Pinot Noir King Ridge Vineyard, a rich, serious effort that has terrific freshness and focus. Blackberries, scorched earth, and toasted spice notes all emerge from the glass. With high yet nicely integrated acidity, fine tannin, and a great finish, it’s an outstanding Pinot Noir from the cooler Fort Ross-Seaview AVA that’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and drink nicely for at least 7-8 years. — Jeb Dunnuck
Laceroni Vineyard, Russian River175 cases
Laceroni vineyard is nestled in the deep southwestern part of the RussianRiver Valley close to the town of Graton. The vineyard was planted in themid-2000’s. The cool climate and the typical Goldridge soil give this wineits character. Soft rolling hills, protected from direct sunlight, allow for slowripening. This Chardonnay, meticulously farmed on a great site, has it all:good structure, nice fruit profile, great balance and layer.
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Anne Katherina Vineyard - Farmhouse Block
2016 Pinot Noir
Anne Katherina Vineyard - Farmhouse Block, Carneros92 cases
93pts, Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection
“From a block planted to the Donum clone, this tiny-production red is structured to age gracefully. The rich, rounded entry delves into fresh acidity on the palate, with firm tannins supporting flavors of blueberry and black cherry that are seasoned by cardamom and mint. Enjoy 2021–2026” Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone
2016 Pinot Noir
1861 Vineyard, Sonoma Valley46 cases
This vineyard is named both for its street address and coincidentally for the year in which Agoston Haraszthy was appointed by California's governor to "promote the improvement and growth of the grapevine" in the state. The 1861 vineyard is planted on a plateau in the hills, a thousand feet above the Sonoma Plaza. Less than half an acre, the small site divides itself naturally into two blocks, one rockier than the other. The site is planted to the Pommard clone and on 101-14 rootstock with a narrow spacing of 4' x 5'. Marine influence from both the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay, combined with frequently with foggy mornings, allow the delicate pinot noir grapes to thrive in this rugged hillside setting.