Moon Mountain District | Estate Wineries with Organic Vines

Moon Mountain District AVA | Organic Overview

AVA Essentials

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• The Moon Mountain District AVA encompasses the western side of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking Sonoma Valley


• The AVA was established by area vintners and organic vineyard manager Phil Coturri (who started farming wine grapes organically in the area back in 1979) in 2013


• The red, mountain soils are known for growing fine Cabernet Sauvignon


• Estate wineries with organic vines: 9


• Organic vineyard acres: 268 (out of 1,500 total)


• Organic vineyard case production: 28,500

Organic Vines: Acres

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• Repris Wines: 72

• Kamen Estate Wines: 50

• Hamel Family Wines: 42 (plus 45 in Sonoma Valley)

• Petroni Vineyards: 42

• Amapola Creek: 20

• Korbin Kameron: 20

• Stone Edge Farm: 14

• Liquid Sky Vineyards: 5

• Winery Sixteen 600: 3

Organic Vines: Varieties

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• Cabernet Franc

• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Grenache

• Malbec

• Merlot

• Petit Verdot

• Red Rhone Blend

• Rosé

• Sangiovese

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Syrah

• Viognier

• White Rhone Blend

• Zinfandel

Organic Vines: Cases

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• Repris Wines: 8,000

• Petroni Vineyards: 7,000 (out of 8,000)

• Kamen Estate Wines: 3,500

• Amapola Creek: 2,700 (out of 3,500)

• Hamel Family Wines: 2,500 (plus 2,500 in Sonoma Valley)

• Korbin Kameron: 2,000

• Stone Edge Farm: 1,800

• Liquid Sky Vineyards: 700

• Winery Sixteen 600: 300

Liquid Sky Vineyards | Moon Mountain District AVA | Sonoma

Winery Overview

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Location


 Sources grapes from its five acres of organic estate vines on hillsides in the Moon Mountain District


• The wines are made locally


Best known for


• Tiny winery with vineyards in a prime location on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas


• Makes three wines from certified vines ($35-85)


• Proprietor Dave Labuda, CEO of Matrixx, a Palo Alto software company, and his friend David Kline came up the winery idea in Half Moon Bay, where they made wine from purchased grapes and sold it in Labuda's Cetrella restaurant


• Labuda named the winery Liquid Sky in honor of the winery's origins in Half Moon Bay


• Phil Coturri manages the vineyards


• Timothy Milos, formerly of Opus One and Stag's Leap in Napa makes the wines; he's also the winemaker for Viluko Vineyards


• The area was hit by the 2017 Nuns fire; though all the structures survived, the winery did not release a 2017 Cabernet


Certified


Vineyards, 2006, CCOF


Organic vineyard case production


700 (out of 700 total)

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Syrah

Contact

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Liquid Sky Vineyards

17100 Norrbom Rd.

 Sonoma, CA, 95476


831.252.1115


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Petroni Vineyards | Moon Mountain District AVA | Sonoma

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources grapes for its estate wines from its 42 acres of estate vineyards in the Mayacamas Mountains (near the Sonoma-Napa border); it purchases non-organic grapes from a local grower for one wine


• The winery is on the vineyard site


• The tasting room is also at the winery and vineyard site, which the Petroni family calls Poggia alla Pietra ("land of rocks") 


Best known for


• Moon Mountain winery owned by iconic, Italian restauranteur family integrating its vineyards, winery, olive groves and the family's North Beach restaurant


• Makes 8 wines from organic estate vines ($14-$70), including its flagship wine, a Sangiovese it calls Brunello di Sonoma


• The wines are aged in its 22,000 square foot wine cave built into a hillside


• The family grows 2,700 olive trees and mills the organic oil on the winery site; it's served at the family's North Beach Restaurant in San Francisco


Organic vineyard case production


7,000 (out of 8,000 total)


Certified


Vineyards, organic, 2004, CCOF

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Cabernet Franc

• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Chardonnay

• Petit Verdot

• Red Blends (2)

• Rosé

• Sangiovese (Brunello di Sonoma)

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Syrah

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$40

Tasting (walk in)


$60

Reserve tasting (walk in)


Petroni Vineyards at Feast it Forward (Downtown Napa)

1031 McKinstry St.

Napa, CA 94559


Winery and Vineyard (NO TASTING OR TOURS) - Closed for Renovations

990 Cavedale Rd.

Sonoma, CA 95476


707.935.8311


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Repris Wines | Moon Mountain District AVA | Sonoma

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources all of its wines from its 72 acres of certified organic vineyards on a 286 acre property in the Mayacamas


• The wines are made on the vineyard site


•  Tastings take place on the winery hosted two hour tour, taking visitors through the vineyard, the winery and the wine caves 


Best known for


 High end Cab producer in the Mayacamas Mountains focused on Bordeaux varieties and blends


• Makes 14 wines from certified vines ($55-125)


• The vineyard sits on rocky, red, volcanic soils; ; the elevations range from 1,100 to 1,800 feet

• Proprietor Jim Momtazee (who made his fortune in healthcare) purchased the winery from Diageo in 2011; Christian Borcher (a Danish venture capitalist) is the CEO


• The first to plant vines here were actually members of hippie commune founded by Alex Horn in the 1960's; the members planted 50 acres of vines on the property in 1968 and also built a meditation hut to ponder the teachings of the spiritual philosopher Gurdjieff


• Chalone Vineyards bought the property in 1981 and renamed it Carmenet in 1982; former Mayacamas winemaker Jeff Baker became involved as Carmenet's founding winemaker 


• In 1984, Baker oversaw the building of the redwood fermentation barn, winery and caves built to his specifications; Dave Sellers designed the unique twin turrets made of redwood


• In 1996, the Cavedale fire burned 70% of Moon Mountain Vineyard; Baker brought in renowned organic viticulturalist Phil Coturri to replant the vines and convert the estate to organic farming


• Coturri, a resident of the area and a winegrower himself, had long advocated for a new appellation for the region that would better reflect its mountain soil and terroir; previously the mountain grown wines had been included in the Sonoma Valley appellation, a name that didn't convey the sense of a mountain region


• In 2010, Repris CEO Christian Borcher led local vintners in a group effort to establish the Moon Mountain District AVA as a new appellation (approved in 2013)


• Today Coturri continues to tend the vines; Erich Bradley is the current winemaker


• All the wines are made with native yeast


• The winery also has a second label, Pangloss Cellars, that buys grapes from organic and non-organic growers; its tasting room is in downtown Sonoma on the Plaza


• Repris sells most of its wine to visitors and wine club members


• Nestled in a bowl, with vines on the hillsides, visitors to Repris enjoy spectacular views all the way to San Francisco Bay 


Organic vineyard case production


4,000 (out of 4,000 total)


Certified


Vineyards, organic, 2002, CCOF

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Bordeaux Blend (3)

• Cabernet Franc

• Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

• Grenache

• Malbec

• Merlot

• Petit Verdot

• Red Rhone Blend

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Syrah

• White Rhone Blend

• Zinfandel


WINE NOTES


The elegant 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon-Jennifer Block (1,130 cases, $100) displays black cherry and blackberry notes. 


The refined Cabernet-based 2015 Left Bank (977 cases, $125), lively on the entry, offers up black fruits and integrated tannins. 


The Merlot-based 2016 Right Bank (745 cases, $125) delivers black cherries and plums, ends with a velvety finish.

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$60 

Wine tasting, paired with light fare, and tour


Repris Wines

1700 Moon Mountain Road

Sonoma CA 95476


707.931.7701


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