Clones 667, 777
Owner/Manager Oliver Fraenkle
Site 0-3% slope, full exposure
Soil Goldridge fine sandy loam, Pajaro fine sandy loam
Climate Situated in a small pocket created by gently rolling hills, the vineyard remains protected from stiff ocean winds while retaining precious humidity vital to the thin skinned, slowly maturing pinot noir berries. By day, the site is pleasantly warmed by a benevolent sun. However, it’s the bracingly cold nights that work the real magic, preserving the acidity which simply electrifies the palate.
Located in an area known as the Sebastopol Hills just west of the town of Sebastopol, the Fraenkle Cheshier Vineyard takes full advantage of its choice site. This wine boasts vibrant aromas of wild raspberry, subtlety perfumed with dark purple florals, bergamot, and cigar box. Juicy flavors of red sweet cherry, and sun-ripened strawberry symphonize amid savory herbs and spice.