Vineyard: Suacci Family

OwnerSuacci Family
AppellationSonoma Coast
StoryMarked coastal influence with short windows of warmth during the middle of the day followed by ocean breezes in the early afternoons. A challenging site to farm. Average yields are 2.25 tons per acre of tiny clusters.
Dates Planted2001
LocationTucked away in the cool Blucher Valley southwest of Sebastopol in the Sebastopol Hills sub region of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is within both the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast AVAs.
AspectSouth-facing, elevations of 174 to 260 feet.
VarietiesPinot Noir
Clones115, 777
ManagersJohn Suacci

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2014 Vaughn Duffy Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.60, 225 cases, $36. Released November 2015. A blend of four vineyards (50% Stori, 33% Desmond, 12% Wren Hop and 5% Suacci). Clones 115, 777 and 667. Vineyard ages 12-15 years. Soils are Goldridge. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose initiates a favorable impression with aromas of black cherry, spice and vanilla. Generously endowed with black cherry fruit that is accented with flavors of cola and spice. Nicely balanced and forward drinking, with a sweet cherry cordial finish. Score: 90. Reviewed October 2, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Vaughn Duffy Wines Suacci Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.64, 88 cases, $50. Released March 2015. Sourced from a sustainably-farmed, 6.5-acre vineyard located southwest of Sebastopol just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard was planted in 1993 by Charlie Chenoweth to clones 115 and 777. Harvest Brix 24.1º (115) and 24.4º (777 and 115). Hill Block (115) 100% de-stemmed. Apartment Block (115 and 777), co-fermented the two clones, 30% whole cluster. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 33% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The aromatics expand over time in the glass, offering hi-tone scents of black cherry, black raspberry, potpourri and a hint of peppery spices. The flavors echo the nose with a bit of toasty oak seasoning evident in the background. Middleweight in style, with integrated tannins, a silky texture and an engaging finish of uncommon length. Score: 92. Reviewed October 2, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Vaughn-Duffy Suacci Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 59 cases, $34. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely appointed nose with deep aromas of dark cherries and berries and baking spices. Middleweight flavors of boysenberry and plum with a touch of spice and tarry oak. Velvety smooth in the mouth with restrained tannins and a short, but enjoyable finish. Score: 89. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Zepaltas Suacci Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 145 cases, $49. Suacci owner John D. Suacci has enlisted the services of noted farmer Charlie Heintz to manage the vineyard and improve yields and balance in the grapes. Aged in 38% new French oak for 11 months. · Spirited aromas of black cherries, wild flowers, hay and oak that rocket out of the glass. Delicious and vibrant blackberry and ollalliberry fruit with some other intriguing flavors I can’t pinpoint. Beautifully herbed and spiced and perfectly balanced, this is a wine of great nuance that makes you sit up and take notice. I loved this wine! Reviewed November 17, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Suacci Carciere Wines Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir

114 cases, $48. · A perfectly fine first effort with nicely composed cherry and raspberry fruit with gentle oak overtones. The tannins are well-integrated making the wine smooth and easy to drink. Reviewed July 7, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »