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Wines can take so many surprising shapes, from one vineyard, one block, can come an infinite variety of memorable textures and aromas to be revealed. And the stories, informed from these explorations will make themselves into the wine, enriching them, and our guests.
– CAST Wines
Our on-premises wine making and production allows CAST to be creative, flexible, and nimble for new opportunities, and our access to world-class fruit throughout Sonoma County AVAs, means we can look beyond our estate to bring our emerging wine enthusiasts, and the traditionalist, something familiar, something artful, rare and special: once in a lifetime wine-tasting experiences.
Dry Creek Valley
With a grape-growing history dating back 140 years, the relatively small and compact Dry Creek Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) includes more than 9,000 vineyard acres and over 60 wineries, one deli, and no stoplights in an area only 16 miles long and two miles wide. Best known for its Zinfandel wines, this rural wine region is located in north-central Sonoma County, just outside the city of Healdsburg, and a short drive south from small town Cloverdale. The valley is only 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, bookended by the Russian River to the south and Lake Sonoma to the north. A century ago, this was a rural backwater with just about nothing but family-owned prune farms and a handful of vineyards. Today the region produces world class zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and other varietals.
Consisting of 5 acres of Zinfandel and 1 acre of Petite Sirah, our beautiful Estate vines were planted in 2000 by the late Ulises Valdez – acclaimed and beloved Sonoma County grape grower.
He graciously shared and planted our Zinfandel vines with cuttings from the magical St. Peter’s Church Vineyard. We are truly honored to be a part of the history of Ulises’ dedication and generosity to the wine industry.
In recent years, the vineyard is farmed by our own Juan Soriano and the team at Patin Vineyard Management.
Dry Creek Valley
Located adjacent to CAST Wines, the Watson vineyard was planted in the early 1970’s by Allan and Patricia Watson. The Watson’s purchased this 25 acres to serve as their retirement from San Francisco where Allan was an executive at investment firm Hambrecht & Quist. Six acres are planted entirely to Zinfandel which has been the source of CAST Wines’ Old Vine Zinfandel since 2012. At roughly 30 years older than CAST’s estate vineyard, these vines offer a terrific comparison and testament to the impact of time on grape quality.
Dry Creek Valley
Owner and Farmer Gary Schreyer gravitated to northern California and planted this xx acre vineyard in 19xx. A successful investment professional, Gary and his wife Pam were drawn to the beauty of our valley and particularly to this fantastic vineyard site on the eastern slopes of the valley up along Mill Creek. CAST sources Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard which produces distinct dark fruit flavors and balanced chemistry.
Dry Creek Valley
Located on the eastern slopes of Dry Creek Valley. The Anax Vineyard is named for a handsome dragonfly, Anax Junius, that is a daily visitor to the adjacent pond in high summer. Owner/farmers Ruth and Martin Wilson planted the 2 acre vineyard to Syrah, using cuttings from Randall Grahm’s famous Bonny Doon vineyards in central California. We met the Wilsons through Ruth and Ann’s yoga workouts. Martin is a leading infectious disease expert with noteworthy contributions to world health. They are just one example of the diverse people who come to Dry Creek Valley and fall in love with grape growing.
Russian River AVA
The Russian River Valley AVA does not strictly outline the path of the Russian River, which flows from Mendocino County south-by-southeast through Alexander Valley, makes an abrupt left at Healdsburg, and cuts west through rugged terrain to the Pacific Ocean. Rather like a heart in its shape, roughly 15 miles wide and tall, the AVA occupies a ‘sweet spot’ that’s cool, but not too cold. In the growing season, warm daytime temperatures plummet at night when fog regularly intrudes from the Petaluma Gap to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The northern border marks the point where the fog frequently sticks around a while longer in the morning, while Alexander Valley is already heating up.
Russian River Valley
The Bacigalupi’s gained recognition as growers during the 1976 Paris tasting when the 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay from Château Montelena with Bacigalupi fruit triumphed over many acclaimed French wines to be declared the undisputed winner. This event was to be the turning point in America’s global wine image. That same block of Chardonnay used to produce this worldly renowned wine is still in existence today and carefully tended by the family.
With 65 years of experience in the grape growing and wine industry the family is also known for sourcing fruit to some of Sonoma and Napa’s most sought after names. With now 3 generations involved and winemaker Ashley Hertzberg leading the winemaking endeavor the family showcases wines under their own label at their tasting room on Westside Road just outside Healdsburg.
Russian River Valley
Bucher Vineyard is well-known among Pinot Noir and Chardonnay aficionados and used by some of the most highly regarded producers in Northern California.
Farmer John Bucher applies the same care and approach to a small notch of Sauvignon Blanc which has been purchased by CAST wines since 2017 for our flagship Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard sits in a cool micro-climate allowing for more developed and flavorful fruit.
Russian River Valley
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Front Porch Vineyard
Russian River Valley
Front Porch Farm is a 110-acre mosaic of fruit and olive orchards, rows of flowers, acres of heritage vegetable crops, fields of heirloom polenta corn, and vineyards on sunny hillsides. Front Porch Farms prides themselves on a diverse certified organic produce and flowers, and artisanal wine made with organic grapes.
Quail Hill Vineyard
Russian River Valley
A place of abundant natural beauty, Lynmar Estate borders the western edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, the largest tributary of the Russian River, and Sonoma County’s richest wildlife preserve. Situated just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Lynmar Estate benefits from the influences of a maritime climate. The ebb and flow of warm days and cool evenings create an ideal climate for cultivating Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Stewardship and Sustainability, core values at Lynmar, are evident everywhere you look. Along with our grapes, our flowers, herbs, orchards, and farm gardens are carefully tended by hand and provide precious habitat for bees and other beneficial insects, butterflies and birds. Carbon negative, we are powered by the sun, practice regenerative agriculture and invest in our employees, neighbors and the community.
Quail Hill Vineyard is the heart of Lynmar, with 17 distinct blocks planted with 14 Pinot Noir and 4 Chardonnay clones that make up the backbone of thier wine collection. A true jewel of the Russian River Valley.
Named after an enterprising pioneer by the name of Cyrus Alexander, the Alexander Valley was considered a better place to grow wheat and raise cattle before it gained fame for its grapes. In the 1880s, immigrants formed the Italian Swiss Colony agricultural cooperative at Asti. In the 1950s, the winery was California’s second-most visited tourism destination, after Disneyland. The 1960s and 1970s established Alexander Valley as a place where top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon could be grown. Today, the valley retains its sleepy, agricultural character, while comprising 15,000 vineyard acres and 42 wineries. The AVA was established in 1984 and today houses noted wineries including Silver Oak and Jordan Estate.
The Hawkes family has been growing grapes in the Alexander Valley for more than 30 years. Today they own and farm three vineyards, all planted on sparsely soiled hillsides, and all yielding small amounts of highly intense fruit.
Their newest vineyard, planted on Chalk Hill Road in 1996, is named the Pyramid for the extremely sharp, often terraced hills on which it grows. The entire Pyramid Vineyard is nearly 120 acres, only 18 acres of which are planted, all in Cabernet Sauvignon.
Sourced by CAST since 2015, our Pyramid Cabernet Sauvignon shows the quality of the fruit and their efforts perfectly, with its many layers and beautifully concentrated fruit.
Anderson Valley AVA
The Anderson Valley AVA stretches for just over 15 miles/24 km along a narrow valley formed by Anderson Creek and the Navarro River. From north-to-south, it measures about one mile/1.6 km wide. As such, it forms a neat rectangle (with a bit of fluff on the western edge) tucked between the Mendocino Ridge AVA to the south and the Yorkville Highlands AVA to the southeast. The entire area can experience a diurnal temperature fluctuation of more than 50°F, and while daytime temperatures do sometimes reach as high as 100°F (38 °C) for a few days in the summertime, the average temperature for a given year is typically 53°F (12°C). As such, the Anderson Valley is one of the coolest of the cool-climate wine regions of California. It’s also one of the most interesting and, to date, under-developed wine regions where visitors experience a flashback to the early days of Napa and Sonoma.
Broken Leg Vineyard
Sitting on incredibly steep terraced rows high above the town of Philo in Anderson Valley sits the Broken Leg Vineyard. A remote, gorgeous, and frighteningly steep vineyard site that was truly a work of passion from the late grower Steve Williams and his wife Jody who planted this vineyard in 1979. The vineyard gets its name from Steve who unfortunately broke his leg in the process of chasing after sheep in the vineyard. CAST sources amazing Syrah from Jody, who still tends to the vines and hopefully doesn’t break her leg while chasing off the bear who ate part of our fruit just before the 2021 harvest.
Mendocino County AVA is one of the northern-most wine regions in California with two very different climate zones separated by the Mendocino Range. Mendocino County has 10 diverse appellations within it and almost a quarter of the region’s wine grapes are organically grown. In the cooler part of the region you will find the prominent appellations of Mendocino, Mendocino Ridge, Anderson Valley and Yorkville Highlands. In the warmer part of the region you will find Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Cole Ranch, McDowell Valley, Covelo, and Dos Rios. Each of the regions has become known for certain wine varietals. The Anderson Valley for instance, with its proximity to the cool Pacific fog, produces excellent Gewurztraminer and Riesling grapes. In the warmer regions like Potter Valley and McDowell Valley, wines such Chardonnay. While the Mendocino County area has been growing grapes as far back as the gold rush days, the region has never enjoyed more success than it has today. There are over 550 vineyards and over 50 wineries in the region.
The Cox Mendocino County ranch encompasses roughly 30 different vineyard blocks for many varietals including the Chardonnay grapes used for our Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine.
The vines grow on a mix of gentle hills, steep slopes, and along the creek banks in rocky clay and red volcanic soil. This terroir allows their vines to thrive and creates wines of unique character.
The Cox vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.
Ghianda Rose Vineyard
The Ghianda Rose Vineyard – is a biodynamically farmed Chardonnay vineyard along the banks of the northern Russian River Valley in Hopland and farmed by owner Peter Chevalier.
CAST was seeking an alternative style of Chardonnay to contrast our selections from further south and west and Peter’s wonderful vineyard fit the bill.
Chalk Hill AVA
Chalk Hill is easy to miss. Starting in Windsor, drive up Chalk Hill Road and you’re likely to see only the briefest of vineyard vistas through the trees before you’re already in Alexander Valley. Carved out of a curious northeast corner of the Russian River Valley AVA, the Chalk Hill AVA, awarded in 1983, is defined by its warmer climate and white, quartzite-rich volcanic soils. There are more than 1,400 vineyard acres here in the hills up to 1,600 foot elevations tucked between Alexander Valley and Knight’s Valley AVAs.
Windsor Oaks Vineyard
The Windsor Oaks Vineyard overlook the Russian River Valley to the West as well as the Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains to the East. The vineyard’s 710-acre Estate contains many diverse micro-climates, including numerous soil and slope combinations. CAST sources several Bordeaux grape varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec with attributes derived from clone/rootstock differences and viticultural practices as well as the characteristics of these distinct terroirs.
We were interested in the chalky soils, steep hillsides and varying sun exposures that this vineyard provided. We thought it would give lots of texture and complexity to the merlot grape.
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