Things are different out there where the paved road ends. Golden eagles fly
overhead scouting out the small scurrying possibilities of the incoming day, as
a small green tractor stamped with a yellow, 'John Deere', upon its side, starts
its cranky engine and begins moving slowly between long rows. My mother and her
two sisters have taken their heritage land, which over the past 100 years
pastured 2,000 head of sheep, and established two supreme vineyards consisting
of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their family of six generations first homesteaded
these steep rolling hills in the 1860's. The three sisters, Carolyn, Charlotte
and Donna, have carried on the family legacy, protecting this coastal land by
keeping it productive in agriculture and preserving its unique flora and
The climate is moderate in the far western reaches of Sonoma
County due to the closeness of the ocean body of water. This grape studded view
lies upon the second ridge inland from the coastline at Fort Ross. Here above
the fog line the skies are clear and pristine, yet in the winter the rain falls
harder and denser than anywhere else in Sonoma County.
This petite Pinot
Noir vineyard is trained on a vertical trellis system with the fruit hanging
just 24 inches above the ground. The vines are densely spaced at 2,ooo vines per
acre and thinned between two and three pounds of fruit per vine. These practices
all insure even ripening and mature fruit character in the wine. The grapes are
picked at about 25 degrees brix to ensure ripe fruit flavors. The grapes are
hand selected during harvest by Carolyn Martinelli, who walks through the
vineyard tasting the grapes and then deciding which rows are ready to pick
according to the developed mature flavors in the berries.
The wine is
fermented with wild yeast in 50% new French oak, and encouraged to fully
complete malo-lactic fermentation. The grapes are 100% barrel fermented with
wild yeast, are unfined, unfiltered, neither cold nor heat stabilized and
contain naturally occurring sediment. We recommend decanting or allowing the
bottle to sit upright in a cool place prior to serving.
Suggested Retail Price: $60.00
The 2009 Three Sisters Pinot Noir is a more "feminine" style of Pinot Noir. Flavors consist of bright candied cherry, red apple and strawberry with aromas of rose petal and watermelon.