Mardikian Estate

West Sonoma Coast

The Mardikian Estate Vineyard is quite literally a dream come true.  If you posed the question, “where is the ideal Pinot Noir vineyard?” you’d find that the answer is atop a rolling hillside, sloping gently to the southwest, with the Pacific Ocean moments away in the far reaches of the West Sonoma Coast, in the Sebastopol Hills.  In other words, the Mardikian Estate.

We planted the estate in 2008 to a careful selection of eight clones chosen to offer a distinct level of flavor complexity and intrigue.  The vineyard is just now in its sixth leaf.  Often shrouded in a maritime blanket of fog that lingers all day, it is extreme winemaking at its best, where each and every vintage there is a lingering anxiety about the most basic of  winegrowing notions:  will the fruit get ripe enough to harvest this year?

Jim Pratt, Vineyard Manager
Clones:
114, Martini, Pommard, 2a, 667, 777, Swan, Mt. Eden
Acres:
10
Planted:
2008
GPS Coordinates:
N 38º 22’ 54.404”
W 122º 54’ 1.328”
Slope:
W/SW facing, 14.5º
Altitude:
550’
Avg Annual Temp:
55.4º
Rainfall:
47.2” annually
Soil Information:
Wilson Grove Formation/Goldridge-Sebastopol Sandy Loam. Conglom-erate, sandstone, siltstone, claystone
Soil Characteristics:
Well drained, fine sandy loam, rich in organics, redwood groves contrib-uted to soil composition

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