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Atwood Ranch Vineyard
Located in Glen Ellen, Sonoma, Atwood Ranch is a hidden gem nestled below the Mayacama Mountains on the valley floor. This organically farmed vineyard, although not certified, quietly produces some of the most stunning fruit we have ever tasted. Atwood Ranch utilizes sustainable farming methods and is therefore very in tune with the natural ecosystem. Horse and cattle that occupy the ranch supply ample fertilizer to keep the vines healthy, while adjacent woods are home to a diverse community of native flora and fauna.
Winemakers often prefer lower yields, meaning that fewer grapes are produced. Lower yields result in concentrated flavors (i.e., tastier wine!). To help get the best results for its grapes, Atwood Ranch manages its crops via a divided canopy system called the Geneva Double Curtain (FYI, most California vineyards use a single canopy system). Annual yields are approximately 3.5 tons of grapes per acre.
While neighboring Napa has gotten most of the press when it comes to Cabs, big name producers like Caymus Vineyards, Kenwood Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars, and Schug Winery all have pulled fruit from this site. Why? Because the wines produced from these grapes are tremendous. They can offer a backdrop of great violet and blueberry aromatics with notes of classic cassis and chocolate. With tons of structure, these grapes produce tremendous, ageworthy wines.