Sonoma Coast AVA
One of the most reputable boutique wineries in California
Sojourn Cellars has become one of the top ultra-boutique producers in Sonoma County, known for their extremely limited releases of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon that consistently garner 90+ Points. The winery began as a partnership between Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley, two friends who met on the tennis courts of Sonoma, and shared a desire to create premium, small-batch wines. Haserot was an ex-computer software salesman with a background in sales and marketing, while Bradley was a successful winemaker, at the time working at Arrowood Winery and Audelssa (both in Sonoma). It was the beginning of a wonderfully successful business partnership.
In 2001, the two made their first 150 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and the finished product was better than they could have anticipated. Haserot and Bradley realized there was great potential with their wines and continued to grow their production. With Bradley's experience in making Sonoma Cabs, it was only natural that Cabernet would be the first endeavor for Sojourn Cellars, but it wasn't long before their love for Pinot Noir led to new experimentation. They made their first vineyard-designated Pinot Noir in 2004 and it garnered both a 95 and 92 Point rating, which really set the stage for the caliber of wines produced thereafter.
The name of the winery, Sojourn, has two significant meanings. The French sojourner refers to a journey, vacation, or road trip, while the English sojourn implies rest, relax, and respite. The lawn chair pictured on the wine label embraces these concepts, reminding us how drinking a glass of wine should be.
Sojourn currently produces nine Pinot Noirs, four Cabernet Sauvignons, and two Chardonnays. Each of these wines are made in limited numbers and produced from some of Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino County's most highly coveted and desirable vineyards. Not owning its own vineyards gives the team great flexibility to select fruit from these distinguished sites.
Over the last (nearly) twenty years, Sojourn Cellars has become one of the most reputable boutique wineries in California, with nearly every vintage of every wine garnering 90+ scores from the top wine industry periodicals. A reputation of this caliber is rarely seen, and it is an exciting opportunity to share Sojourn's latest achievement with our Diamond Plus! Wine Club members. Enjoy!
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Home Ranch Vineyard
The Home Ranch Vineyard is located just 10 minutes northwest of the town of Sonoma. The 2010 vines were planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 2002 on 101-14 rootstock and comprise 80% clone 337, and 10% each clones 191 and 15. Tight spacing (6 1/2’ x 3 1/2’) forces competition for water and nutrients, stressing the vines and resulting in a more complex wine. The first harvest was completed in 2005 and was bottled as a vineyard designate wine by Sojourn Cellars.
The vineyard sits in a small bowl, protected by the southern edge of Sonoma Mountain – a micro-climate that is on average 3 to 5 degrees warmer than downtown Sonoma. This heat allows the Cabernet fruit to achieve full maturity, and the resulting wines are dark and concentrated hence the award-winning Cabernet we feature in our various monthly wine clubs.
Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,
We are thrilled to share with you our Sojourn Cellars 2014 Home Ranch Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was rated 92 Points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Based in the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is a highly acclaimed boutique winery specializing in the production of artisan Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The majority of our wines are sold each year directly to our mailing list members on an allocation basis.
We source grapes from celebrated vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, and we help direct vineyard operations to assure that our grapes are produced using world-class growing techniques. We consistently produce remarkable wines with a hands-off natural winemaking style that showcases the character and personality of the individual vineyards and wine regions. Sojourn feels passionate about creating high-quality wines and always being accessible to the people who buy and enjoy our wines. We offer seated, by appointment wine tastings in a casual sit-down environment and we pride ourselves on always putting the customer first.
Our Home Ranch Cuvée is built on a core of clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon from Home Ranch Vineyard in southwest Sonoma Valley, planted by proprietor Craig Haserot in 2002. Weather patterns in Sonoma in 2014 were ideal for ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. We benefited from the moderate heat and dry conditions as the grapes matured at an even, optimal pace. This is a showy wine, with complex aromas of blueberry and cocoa leaping out of the glass. It has a pleasant, soft entry with seductive, silky tannins. The dark fruit aromas express themselves early with just a hint of mint from the neighboring Eucalyptus trees. The texture is big and lush with fine tannins that linger on the finish.
Rodgers Creek Vineyard
Rodgers Creek Vineyard is located between Sonoma and Petaluma in the Sonoma Coast AVA of California. Specifically, the Rodgers Creek Vineyard sits at 300 feet above sea level in the heart of the Petaluma Gap, which constantly funnels wind and fog from the Pacific Ocean to this special site. The Petaluma Gap influence combines with the volcanic soils here to produce a truly distinctive Pinot Noir defined primarily by its earthy character.
Sojourn Cellars is known for their terroir-driven wines from exceptional vineyards, and the owners are thrilled to source fruit from this fantastic property. The Sonoma Coast AVA contains more than 500,000 acres, mostly along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It extends from San Pablo Bay to the border with Mendocino County and is known for its cool climate and high rainfall relative to other parts of Sonoma County. Sonoma Coast is home to over 2,000 vineyard acres and is celebrated for its world-class Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Syrahs.
Erich Bradley - Winemaker
A native Californian from the San Francisco Peninsula, Erich Bradley became interested in wine when his family bought a twenty-six acre ranch in Sonoma County's Valley of the Moon in 1998. Since then, Bradley studied winemaking at U.C. Davis and viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College before gaining incredible experience from winemakers (and mentors) Richard Arrowood and David Ramey.
In 1999, Bradley started as a harvest lab technician at Arrowood Vineyards and Winery that eventually lead to a full time winemaking position. He also began making Cabernet Sauvignon for Audelssa Winery and worked closely with winemaker/consultant David Ramey for a couple of years. Bradley continues as winemaker for Audelssa today.
He found a great partnership with Haserot when forming Sojourn Cellars in 2001, and the two continue to enjoy experimenting with small lots of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon each harvest. In his free time, away from the winery, Bradley enjoys playing tennis and golf with friends and family.