VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
A small premium wine producer in the Santa Cruz Mountains established in 2009 and producing Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay.
In 1967, Gerald Nelson acquired 162 acres of land in the Santa Cruz Mountains and soon after planted the land with Christmas trees. For 30 years, the property was known as Nelson's Christmas Tree Farm, developing a reputation for the quality of the slow growing Silvertip Firs.
In 1999, the Nelson family exchanged Christmas trees for grapevines and planted 9 acres of Pinot Noir (clones 828, 115, 667 and Pommard) and Syrah. For many years, the grapes were sold to numerous wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2008, the family decided to develop their own brand based on estate fruit.
The vineyard at Nelson home ranch sits at about 1700 feet elevation, with a majority of the property remaining a redwood forest in a natural state. It is situated on the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains with cool maritime breezes moderating the sunshine.
403-395-4200. Look for the wines at local wine events. Not open for tastings.
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