William James Vineyard
William James is located in Gravenstein – the heart of Sonoma County’s apple country. For the uninitiated, part of Sonoma County’s history is rooted in the belief that where apples thrived, grapes would too. Lucky for us, folklore has proven right.
William James Vineyard: Location
William James is right off Highway 12, just west of Sebastopol. Surrounded by rolling hills, this vineyard sits on a small knoll and is bordered by apple orchards. In fact, the property used to be an apple orchard itself.
William James Vineyard: History
Named after Bill’s only son, William James was acquired in 2011 and is one of our newer estates. 2017 marks the first vintage from this Estate vineyard after we planted in 2012.
William James Vineyard: Terroir
This 7-acre vineyard sits about 200ft above sea level where it experiences good air flow with steady winds almost every afternoon. One of our cooler-climate vineyards, this Pinot-only site is exposed to cooling elements as the San Pablo Bay fog rolls in quickly every night.
William James Vineyard: Pinot Noir
Situated in the cooler portion of the Russian River AVA, this fruit has beautiful and rich coastal characteristics while retaining more classical notes of sarsaparilla/cherry cola spice that are often associated with Russian River.
William James Vineyard: Stats
AVA: Russian River
Soil: Fluffy, moondust Goldridge
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Acres: 14 total; 7 planted
William James Vineyard: Wine List
– William James Pinot Noir
– Russian River Valley Pinot Noir