Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA
Sonoma Valley AVA
The small mountainous region, Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak AVA, lies on the border of the Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Although grapes have been grown here since the 19th century Pine Mountain AVA wasn’t confirmed as an official appellation until 2011.
Pine Mountain is one of northern California’s highest wine regions. As a result of the altitude, the climate on the mountain is quite different than in the valley below. The mountain has cooler days and warmer nights than in the Alexander Valley during the growing season, which makes up for the cooler spring temperatures that usually delay budburst a few weeks.
Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak soils are typically mountainous, consisting of thin, gravelly sandstone and shale. The soils free draining helps counter the reasonably high levels of rainfall in the area. The lack of water in the soil also helps prevent diseases like mildew.
Covering 4750 acres of land, 80% of the vineyards acres are dedicated to the star Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak varietalCabernet Sauvignon. Other notable wine varietals grown on the land are Merlot and Malbec. The Pine Mountain AVA Cabernet Sauvignon wine is vibrant, fruit driven, and has highly structured tannins.
Today only a few producers are actually based in the Pine Mountain AVA, but there are a few very famous winemakers including wines from: Francis Ford Coppola, Jackson Family Wines, Captûre Wines, Imagery Estate Winery, and more. Despite many of the wines made here are still labeled with the more recognizable Alexander Valley AVA title.
We are thrilled to offer a variety of wines from this region. Check out our monthly wine club to learn more. Cheers!