Vineyard: Doc's Ranch
|Owners||Andrea Sheets, Bryon Sheets|
|Story||Story: Nestled among giant California Redwoods overlooking the Pacific Ocean. One of the coolest vineyard sites in all of Sonoma County. The vineyard is named after "Doc" Van Alstyne, a long time resident, and former landowner of acreage encompassing this ridge in Occidental (including the parcels where this vineyard is located).
Dates planted: 1999 and 2010
Location: True Sonoma Coast, about 10 miles west of Occidental on Fitzpatrick Lane, one of the two famous ridges producing world-class Pinot Noir (the other ridge being Taylor Lane). Four miles inland from the coast, the the Pacific Ocean and Pt. Reyes seashore easily visible from Doc's Ranch Vineyard.
Aspect: southern exposure, approximately 15-25 degree slopes on average, elevation rises to nearly 1000 feet above sea level.
Varieties: Pinot Noir (8 acres) and Chardonnay (1 acre)
Clones: Swan, Calera, 114 and Pommard 5 (Pinot Noir); 5 (Chardonnay)
Trellis/Spacing: 7' x 4' and 7' x 3'
Wineries: Evening Land Vineyards (2006-2009) and Red Car (2010 and beyond), bottled as a vineyard designate|