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Vineyard Profile: Mahoney Vineyards
Mahoney Vineyards, located in the Carneros wine growing region in Northern California, spans both Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Francis Mahoney founded his vineyard in the 1970s with the aim of growing grapes that would rival those of Burgundy, and he was one of the first to recognize the Carneros appellation as an ideal climate for Pinot Noir—which are notoriously difficult grapes to cultivate. Close to the bay, this vineyard offers wonderful growing conditions for Pinot Noir grapes: the vineyard is located in a wide open, flat space without many trees, and it experiences cool, foggy nights.
Francis Mahoney, a very well known grower in the area, has worked with University of California—Davis on 30 years of clonal trials, trying to uncover what type of grape clones work best with both the site and the rootstock.
Mahoney Vineyards sells a lot of their grapes to other wine producers such as Coppola and now Brooklyn Winery. We’re thrilled to be making Pinot Noir with their grapes, because we know that we’ll be able to produce great wine with them, just as we did with their Mahoney's fruit in our 2010 fall harvest!