“Part of the magic of great Chardonnay is its ability to reflect terroir, so vineyard selection is everything. During my tenure in Sonoma, these are two vineyards that I have always dreamed of working with. They epitomize the best qualities of my two favorite appellations in Sonoma: the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast.”
- Matt Courtney
Silver Eagle Vineyard
Just north of the town of Occidental, the rolling hills of the Russian River give way to the steeper rocky terrain of the Sonoma Coast — here at the edge of the continent clings a very special vineyard.
The steep hillside location of the Silver Eagle Vineyard, combined with cycles of thick blanketing fog and cool Pacific breezes offers a unique environment for the cultivation of Chardonnay and for this reason this particular location caught the eye of noted viticulturist Ulises Valdez who both owns and farms this tidy vineyard, now in its eighth year of production of a minuscule amount of extremely high quality Chardonnay.
Martinelli Road Vineyard
This much coveted vineyard is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation, where the combination of a unique topography, a cooler micro climate and the loose, well- drained Yolo Loam soils provide an absolutely ideal environment for the cultivation of ultra- premium Chardonnay. Thirty year old head-trained vines are dry farmed and a walk through the rows reveals little has changed on this 74-acre parcel since it was first planted to grapes in the 1870s. Under the watchful eye of Ulises Valdez the Martinelli Road Vineyard consistently produces some of the region’s finest wines.