This morning I received a very intriguing email from one of my favorite producers (THE place to be on 10/28/2012 for our Wedding!) out of the Russian River AVA in Northern California.
We are pleased to announce the purchase of the historic 74-acre Martinelli Road Vineyard near Forestville in Russian River Valley. The acquisition adds to our existing 36-acre Westside Road Estate. Our new vineyard is planted to 5 acres of 130-year-old Zinfandel vines, 10 acres of 30+ year Chardonnay vines and 3 acres of 20+ year Pinot Noir vines. The old vine Zinfandel was originally planted in 1880 by the Banfield family and then sold in 1903 to a family who has since farmed the property for 4 generations.
The reputation for wines produced from this vineyard and surrounding vineyards in this particular area is astounding. The site lies in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley, which makes for very cool, very distinct growing conditions. The Yolo Loam is loose, well-drained soil ideal for growing ultra premium grapes. Our vineyard manager, Ulises Valdez, will oversee the day-to-day vineyard operations.
We plan to immediately begin producing estate designated Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay from the Martinelli Road Vineyard with this upcoming 2012 harvest. We will also continue to sell Zinfandel to Mike Officer of Carlisle Winery who has produced a Martinelli Road Vineyard Zinfandel since 2009.
Arista winemaker Leslie Sisneros comments, “You cannot replicate the nuance and complexity of these old vines, it is an incredible lesson in the beauty of Mother Nature and a privilege to work with such amazing fruit. It’s humbling to walk amongst these vines and consider the 130 years of farming history from this one site.”
We invite you to visit our website and Facebook page for more pictures of the Martinelli Road Vineyard in the coming weeks. We look forward to sharing the wines from the Martinelli Road Vineyard with you in the near future!
The McWilliams Family
Arista Winery in the Press