Just four miles up Westside Road from our winery, growers Ron and Pam Kaiser produce
truly amazing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on their 40-acre Westside Farms vineyard
that sits along the banks of the winding Russian River. The Chardonnay grown here is a
particular favorite of ours. The vines were planted in 1989 to Chardonnay Clone 4, and we
work closely with the Kaisers on viticultural decisions throughout the growing season. With
deep, river-deposited sandy loam soils, the cool evenings prolong the ripening process,
yielding consistently elegant, intense fruit.
This aromatically rich wine offers hints of Granny Smith apple, Meyer lemon and lime
blossom, with underlying layers of flint and cedar. The palate unfolds into a deliciously
tart, mouthwatering, yet dense array of honeysuckle, peach, lemon zest and savory
phyllo pastry. The decadent flavors are balanced by tangy acidity and accentuated by
the soft, creamy oak that fills out the mid-palate, giving the wine a beautiful texture
and extremely long, zesty finish.
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
< 4 miles
David Ramey, Owner
Redwood Empire Vineyard Management, Vineyard Managers
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Chardonnay: Clone 4 planted on AxR rootstock
Yolo sandy loam
On the banks of the Russian River, this site offers a north/south row orientation with great east/west exposure that ensures the fruit gets enough sunlight to ripen fully. Lack of water stress means little irrigation is required; better for concentration and balance.
Lean, crisp, well-structured and food-friendly.
Long hang-time yields balance, elegance and ripe flavors without overripe characteristics
Full, firm clusters and slightly plump grapes with excellent acidity