It has recruited native Burgundy winemaker Stephane Vivier (pictured) specifically for the newly bought vineyards, which lie at the ‘deep end’ of Anderson Valley close to Philo, around two hours north of San Francisco by car.
‘Expanding into estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is a natural fit, and we believe Anderson Valley is the ideal location to produce premium, Burgundian varietal wines,’ said Long Meadow Dairy farm’s chief executive and president, Ted Hall.
The vineyards are planted in several distinct blocks with varying elevations, soil composition, sun exposure and proximity to the Navarro river, said Long Meadow Dairy farm.
A map of Anderson Valley, northern California. Credit: Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association
Winemaker Vivier said, ‘The subtleties and complexities characteristic of the Burgundian varietals are not always simple to achieve in the United States. Pinot Noir here can have a tendency for high alcohol and can be overly fruit-forward, in part because that’s what the climate allows.
‘But in the Anderson Valley, and specifically in the deep end of the valley, the possibilities are intriguing.’
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