Ancient Oak Cellars

Owner(s) Ken Moholt-Siebert, Melissa Moholt-Siebert
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Ancient Oak Cellars

Ken Moholt-Siebert and spouse Melissa Moholt-Siebert farm the Siebert Ranch, a 31-acre ranch on the edge of Santa Rosa, California that was a sheep farm for many years owned by Ken's grandparent's, Henry and Elizabeth. There are now 15 acres of Pommard 4 clone Pinot Noir planted by the Sieberts family, including Henry who initiated the plantings when he was 80 years old. A big ancient oak marks the center of the property, and provided the inspiration for the name of the winery which was launched in 2006

Both a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from estate and purchased grapes and an estate grown Siebert Ranch Pinot Noir are produced. A second, value-priced Pinot Noir is called 47 Friends. Veteran winemaker Greg La Follette became the winemaker and partner in 2016. Check the website for ordering information.

Ancient Oak Cellars opened a tasting room in downtown Santa Rosa in October, 2012. Located in Corrick's Stationary Store, the tasting room is open daily 11:00 to 5:00 (11:00 to 6:00 on Fridays).

Reviewed Wines

2011 Ancient Oak Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.63, 900 cases, $28. Sourced from estate vineyard and small sustainably-farmed family vineyards. Whole berry fermented, aged in 25% new French oak. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, dried herbs and balsam. Sweet and sappy cherry and red currant core with a hint of spice. Well integrated oak and bright acidity on the cherry-themed finish. Score: 89. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Ancient Oak Cellars Siebert Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.61, 300 cases, $40. Pommard 4 clone from hillside Block 5, aged for more than 18 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Invigorating aromas of fresh cherry pie, strawberry preserves and Asian spice. Beautifully composed with bright flavors of perfectly ripened cherries and strawberries. Harmonious and vibrant with modest tannins, welcoming finesse and easy drink ability. Still singing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

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