In addition to the growing acreage of Reeve’s estate vineyards, predominantly planted with Italian varietals, we source our fruit from dedicated farmers, vignerons of some of Northern California’s most coveted, single vineyard sites—as well as from hidden treasures, unsung plots of vines hitting their stride and ready to hold their own amongst California’s legendary vineyards.
We’ve hand selected each and every one of our vineyards in the cool microclimates of the Anderson Valley, Mendocino County and the Sonoma Coast for their quality of fruit, clonal selection, hillside exposures, diverse terroirs, and responsible farming practices, whether it be sustainable, biodynamic, certified organic, or what we call beyond organic—taking natural farming beyond the requirements of certification.
Over the years we have formed friendships and fostered partnerships with these farmers, and the men and women entrusted with the daily caretaking of each site. Every vintage, these vineyards tell a unique story, bottling a moment of time and a sense of place, each wine a distinct expression of its terroir.
The 2018 vintage marks our first year working with this Pinot Noir vineyard, planted with Pommard, 777 and 114 clones, which went into our rosé. It was a stroke of luck that brought the Bybee Vineyard to us, as the vineyard we farmed in previous vintages succumbed to smoke damage from the destructive Mendocino Complex fire. The Bybee Vineyard is located within the Sonoma Coast AVA, just outside the town of Sebastopol on Mill Station Road. Our farmers follow beyond organic agricultural practices, an extremely hands-on approach involving compost teas, stylet oils and a lot of dirt under the fingernails.
Ernest and Ruthann Kiser planted this extreme Anderson Valley vineyard nearly 20 years ago with Pinot Noir clones 114, 115, 667 and 777, as well as a suitcase clone from one of Burgundy’s most celebrated vineyards. The terrain, comprised of a thin layer of topsoil over fractured sandstone and rocky shale, is split into upper, ‘En Haut’ and lower, ‘En Bas’ sections. These two distinct vineyards within a vineyard can vary as much as two weeks in their growth cycle and harvest timeline. Some believe this is the coldest vineyard in the Anderson Valley. The ‘En Bas’ section of the vineyard is usually the last in the AVA to flower, and the last to be picked, due to this special microclimate, allowing for layers of nuance, and wines capable of high-wire acts of elegance, tension and depth.
McFadden is a certified organic vineyard in the Potter Valley AVA of Mendocino County, planted to Riesling in 1971. Potter Valley sits at almost 1,000 feet of elevation, leading to quite dramatic diurnal temperature swings. The vines themselves are very large and muscular, burrowed deep into the alluvial soils to support a dense canopy that protects the fruit from the region’s intense sun exposure during the growing season.
This organically-farmed Syrah and Grenache vineyard has a notable pedigree, with Steve Matthiasson acting as consulting viticulturist, and Lee Martinelli Jr. farming the vineyard. It is located in Sonoma’s Fountaingrove District AVA, deep in the volcanic soils of the Mayacamas Mountain range, and cooled by the breezes of the Russian River Valley. This high-density vineyard is planted meter by meter to encourage competition amongst the vines and results in intensely-flavored fruit.
TANBARK MILL VINEYARD
We sourced some of our first vintages for Reeve Wines from the 30-year-old vines of Tanbark Mill Vineyard. Sustainably farmed by Paul Ardzrooni, the vineyard’s clay soils are planted with a mix of Martini and 828 Pinot Noir clones. Tanbark lies in one of the cooler sections of the Anderson Valley AVA, northwest of the town of Philo on Highway 128, and sloping all the way to the edge of the Navarro River.
Vencino means ‘neighbor’ in Spanish, and coincidentally is exactly that to our McFadden Vineyard in Mendocino’s Potter Valley. This certified organic and biodynamic vineyard is planted with Pinot Noir clones 115, 667 and Roederer 32, and produces wine characterized by the alluvial soils of the area’s high valley floor elevation, and dramatic diurnal temperatures.
The Vonarburg Vineyard is located in the cool, deep end of the Anderson Valley. Vonarburg literally means ‘from the town of Ar’ and was the maiden name of grower Norman Kobler’s mother. His parents, Hans and Thersia, were Swiss immigrants who settled in the area in the 1960s and founded Lazy Creek Winery, the Anderson Valley’s second oldest winery. Norman grew up around vines and planted many of the vineyards in the Anderson Valley. He is a well-known, and extremely well-respected figure in the farming community there. Today, Norman and his family care for this small, two and a half acre sustainable Riesling vineyard with zeal and focus.
The Wendling Vineyard is named for the Wendling family, one of the founding wine families of the Anderson Valley. This all-star Pinot Noir vineyard was planned and planted with a multitude of Pinot Noir clones under the consultation of Ted Lemon about eight years ago. It is farmed with intense precision and care by Paul Ardzrooni. Paul manages some of the best vineyards in the Anderson Valley, of which Wendling is considered the marquee vineyard he incidentally both owns and farms. Wendling is situated directly across the road from the Kiser Vineyard, but its fruit ripens earlier due to its south and southwestern-facing sun exposure.
WINDSOR OAKS VINEYARD
We have explored numerous sites around California and our favorite so far for Sangiovese is the Windsor Oaks Vineyard, a rocky knoll atop the Chalk Hill AVA, planted with six acres of Sangiovese in 1997. There is a wonderful combination of adequate summer heat—not dissimilar from that of Tuscany—cool mornings and evenings, and well-drained volcanic rock soils. We are generally able to achieve full ripeness at moderate levels of sugar with a gorgeous aromatic profile. The vineyard is certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, and is situated next to 350 acres of untouched land protected by Sonoma’s Forever Wild Open Space program.