Our Vineyards

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Durell Estate Vineyard

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The pedigree of Three Sticks begins not in the glass, nor even in the cellar. Instead, it begins in the rocky, volcanic soils of Durell Vineyard. Planted primarily to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this rolling 610-acre parcel spans the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast and Carneros AVAs, and is often named one of the top 5 vineyards in Sonoma County. (And that is saying something!)

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Gap’s Crown Estate Vineyard

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A New “Crown” Jewel: Gap’s Crown Vineyard
In yet another example of his total commitment to seeking out the absolute best for Three Sticks, our fearless leader Bill Price acquired the well-known Gap’s Crown Vineyard in January of 2013. Of 406 acres, 138 are planted to vine: 106 acres of Pinot Noir and 32 of Chardonnay. The fruit is considered exceptional.

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Sta. Rita Hills

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Keeping things lively in the Three Sticks wine portfolio, we source just one wine from Sta. Rita Hills – “The James,” a very limited-production Pinot Noir named in honor of Bill’s son. To craft this precocious wine, we searched for vineyards that are interesting enough to stand up to James’ lively personality! Fruit for this wine comes from three vineyards at the southern part of the Sta. Rita Hills: Burning Creek, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict. These vineyards are located on the benchland in Santa Barbara County, south of the Santa Ynez River.

 

 

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Russian River Valley

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This meandering AVA is sculpted by the path of the thick, cooling fog that flows up the Russian River and through the Petaluma Gap daily. The fog ebbs and flows nearly every day – often lowering the temperature by up to 40 degrees from the daytime high, then retreating back to the ocean by mid-morning. Particularly perfect for Pinot Noir, this natural air-conditioning allows the fruit to ripen at a snail’s pace, developing full flavor maturity over a long (long!) growing season while retaining bright natural acidity. The combination of its prized Goldridge sandy-loam soils and climate create quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir terroir.

 

 

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Sonoma Valley

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This beautiful valley that we call home is also known by the more poetic moniker “The Valley of the Moon.” Located in southern Sonoma County, the valley is nestled between the Mayacamas range to the east and the Sonoma Mountains to the west. The western mountains protect the valley from excessive rainfall and block some of the Pacific Ocean influences. Thus the valley’s primary cooling influence comes northward from the Carneros region and southward from the Santa Rosa Plain. Soils vary widely, adding to the variety of microclimates.

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