Our Wines

2018 Lily Clare Vineyard
Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Appellation – Sonoma County / Russian River Valley
Wine – 100% Pinot Noir—Single vineyard / Single clone
Harvest Date – September 23, 2018

Vineyard Character – The Lily Clare Vineyard is 100% Pommard clone on 104-14 rootstock. The vineyard is on the South side of the property and is characterized Gold Ridge sandy loam and a gentle aspect to the afternoon sun. The vines are trained to double cordons with 15 to 17 clusters per cordon yielding 3.00 to 3.25 tons per acre. The cool growing conditions with foggy mornings and ample warm sunshine contribute to the complexity of the fruit and the incomparable finish.

Winemaking – The Pinot Noir clusters were carefully hand-picked in the cool, crisp morning of early September; the grapes were hand-sorted and de-stemmed, then cold soaked prior to pressing and fermentation; Sur lie aged with weekly stirrings; barrel-aged eleven months in 30% new French oak. Our Pinot Noir is crafted entirely from the Pommard clone.

Tasting Notes – Heavenly aromas of dark cherry fruit greet the nose. Integrated flavors of ripe berries and warm spice tones fill the mouth and lead to a smooth full-bodied finish. This elegant wine with its concentrated fruit will continue to mature and become more complex.


2018 J-Elise Vineyard
Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Appellation – Sonoma County / Russian River Valley
Wine – 100% Pinot Noir—Single vineyard / Single clone
Harvest – September 16, 2018

Vineyard Character – The J-Elise Vineyard is 100% Pommard clone on 104-14 rootstock. The vineyard is on the North side of the property and is characterized by Sebastopol sandy loam with pebble infused clay which is rich in mineral content and a pronounced aspect to the afternoon sun. The vines are trained to double cordons with 15 to 17 clusters per cordon yielding 3.00 to 3.25 tons per acre. The cool growing conditions with foggy mornings and ample warm sunshine contribute to the complexity of the fruit and the incomparable finish.

Winemaking – The Pinot Noir clusters were carefully hand-picked in the cool, crisp morning of early September; the grapes were hand-sorted and de-stemmed, then cold soaked prior to pressing and fermentation; Sur lie aged with weekly stirrings; barrel-aged eleven months in 30% new French oak. Our Pinot Noir is crafted entirely from the Pommard clone.

Tasting Notes – Heavenly aromas of dark cherry fruit greet the nose. Integrated flavors of ripe berries and warm spice tones fill the mouth and lead to a smooth full-bodied finish. This elegant wine with its concentrated fruit will continue to mature and become more complex.


2018 Pratt Vineyard
Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Appellation – Sonoma County / Russian River Valley
Wine – 100% Chardonnay
Harvest – September 27, 2018

Vineyard Character – Pratt Vineyard is a Chardonnay Clone blend (Clone 02 – 36.6%; Clone 95 – 32.2%; Clone 77 – 17.8% (musc); Clone 277 – 14.4%)

Winemaking – The Chardonnay clusters are handpicked then hand-sorted, gently pressed on the skins, barrel fermented, and aged sur lees for 11 months in French oak barrels (30% new).

Tasting Notes – Our Russian River Valley Chardonnay tastes of citrus and apricot along with a subtle oak influence. Well structured, the mouth feel is rich and the finish is crisp, yet long and fresh. This wine is both bright and full of depth.


Awards

Our 2016 O’Connell Vineyards Estate Grown Pinot Noir was awarded 96 points (Platinum) and named Best Pinot Noir at the 2018 Monterey International Wine Competition. Here is what the judges had to say:

Monterey 25th International Wine Competition - Best Pinot Noir - 96 Points (Platinum)

Our 2016 O’Connell Vineyards Estate Grown Pinot Noir was awarded 90 points by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast:

90 points Wine Spectator
90 Points Wine Enthusiast

Our 2014 O’Connell Vineyards Estate Grown Pinot Noir was the winner of the 2016 Pinot Cup at Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot!

Winner 2016 Pinot Cup