Meet Our Anderson Valley Vineyards

May 11, 2017

Inspired by the elegance and complexity of our Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley, in 2007 we set out to explore other regions known for expressive Pinot. The Anderson Valley, about 100 miles north of San Francisco and known for producing cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Riesling, was an obvious choice. In fact, we were first introduced to the Anderson Valley by Silver Oak co-founder Justin Meyer, whose local Boonville family connections had us visiting the area long before it became a wine hotspot.

With cool, foggy nights and warm, sunny afternoons, Pinot in the Anderson Valley matures slowly, developing beautiful depth and varietal character. The Anderson Valley’s unique east-west running valley cuts laterally through the coastal range, with its western “deep end” only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Though the region only produces about 1% of California’s Pinot Noir, the results are some of the state’s most sought-after.  

Ferrington Vineyard

  • Location: On the eastern edge of the Anderson Valley, just north of Boonville. At 450 ft, it is the highest in elevation of all our Pinot vineyards.
  • Climate: Little to no fog. A consistent site for Pinot Noir with cool mornings, a cool spring and warm summer afternoons.
  • Growers: Owned by Kurt Schoeneman and farmed by Norman Kobler, son of the late Hans Kobler, a legendary Anderson Valley winemaker. Kurt and Norman work only with premium wineries and are incredibly selective with those that source fruit from the site.
  • Fun Fact: Fruit from this site produced our first Anderson Valley Pinot Noir in 2007.
  • Wine Style: A restrained style of Pinot that balances fruit and earth flavors, with aromas of red cherries and truffles.

Monument Tree Vineyard

  • Location: Situated in the northwestern, cooler “deep end” of the Anderson Valley.
  • Estate: Though we have sourced fruit from Monument Tree since 2008, we were so impressed with the quality and flavor of the fruit that we acquired this site in 2010. You’ll find it’s fruit in our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and a single-vineyard bottling.  
  • Fun Fact: Named for a towering, lightning-struck tree at the top of the property.
  • The site: A steep hillside vineyard surrounded by Redwood trees and rugged terrain.
  • Wine Style: Rich and vibrant, with a forest character of redwood needles and shredded bark.