Rowan's Vineyard

The Franciscan soils are part of an alluvial fan that borders a small, seasonal tributary to the Russian River. The coarse gravel and river stones embedded in the soil help limit excessive vigor, which in turn means that the vines focus on fruit production rather than vegetative growth.

These Chardonnay vines, all Dijon clones, are planted extraordinarily densely; this type of vineyard arrangement promotes intense intervine competition. This one-upmanship reduces yields substantially and creates small clusters of intensely-flavored berries that give this wine its concentration and focus.