Moon Mountain District AVA | Organic Overview

AVA Essentials

AVA Essentials

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

Tasting Rooms

AVA Essentials

Organic Vines: Acres

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Organic Vines: Acres

Organic Vines: Varieties

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

Organic Vines: Varieties

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

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

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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

Stone Edge Farm | Moon Mountain District AVA | Sonoma

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources grapes for its estate wines from its 14 acres of mountain vines in the Mayacamas as well as from its 4 acre Sonoma Valley estate vineyard; one wine comes from a local, non-organic grower


• The wines are made in a custom crush facility in Sonoma


• Private tours and tastings take place on its Silver Cloud estate on a steep hillside above Sonoma Valley


• The winery also operates a restaurant and culinary center, Edge, housed in a charming Victorian, in downtown Sonoma


Best known for


• Top tier Cabernet producer, founded by a vintner with a long track record in fine wines; the label's making its mark with Bordeaux varietals farmed on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas mountains


• Makes two wines from certified vines ($50-85) with its best rated 96 pts.


• Billionaire entrepreneur Mac McQuown, a 1970 investor in Chalone Wine Group and Carmenet, started the winery with the dream of making great wine; his new Silver Cloud estate is down the road from his original Carmenet vineyard


• McQuown's A list team including Phil Coturri, Sonoma's top organic vineyardist, and Jeff Baker, former winemaker at Mayacamas; both are experts on Sonoma's Moon Mountain District mountain soils and wines


• Stone Edge's focus encompasses both wine and food and it has a nationally recognized culinary program run by culinary director John McReynolds


• Its culinary program includes six acres of organic gardens where it grows vegetables, olive groves, fruit trees, and herbs along with chickens and bees


• Edge, its culinary center, offers meals and hosts events


• Stone Edge and McReynolds won the prestigious IACP's top cookbook prize in 2014 for their Stone Edge Farm Cookbook, a coffeetable book showcasing the winery's spectacular gardens and McReynolds' recipes; in 2019, the same team followed up with the Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook


• Its wines are a success with collectors; Robert Parker praised its 2009 Cabernet (96 pts.) in ebullient terms, writing, "I can't recommend it highly enough"


Organic vineyard case production


1,800 (out of 1,800 total)


Certified


Stone Edge Vineyard, organic, 2002, CCOF

Mount Pisgah Vineyard, organic, 2006, CCOF

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Bordeaux Blend

• Cabernet Sauvignon


WINE NOTES


The dense, ageworthy 2015 Surround (550 cases, $65) offers extremely good value for a high quality, estate grown Bordeaux blend. Blackberries, cherries and plums on the nose rise to the fore on the palate. 


The elegant, complex 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,260 cases, $105) integrates black fruits and cassis in a dense classic was made to age, but offers plush pleasure now or later.

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$50

Tasting and tours are offered at the winery's Silver Cloud estate (by appt.)


Stone Edge Farm

(vineyard address available upon booking)

Sonoma CA


707.935.6520


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Winery Sixteen 600 | Moon Mountain District AVA | Sonoma

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources grapes from vineyards managed or owned by Phil Coturri, a prominent vineyard manager; almost all of them are certified organic; the Coturri family also owns three acres of certified organic estate vines


• The wines are made in a certified organic facility in downtown Sonoma


• The tasting room, housed in a 120 year old farmhouse, is one block from the Sonoma Plaza


Best known for


• A tiny artisanal producer, Winery Sixteen 600 makes small lot, single vineyard wines from select organic properties 


• Makes five wines from organic vines ($38-48)


• The label is a father and son collaboration; Phil and Sam Coturri work together on the wines


• The name of the winery comes from the vineyard address—16600


• Phil Cotturi is Sonoma's resident organic rock star vineyardist, managing more than 700 acres of organic vineyards in Napa and Sonoma; Coturri started farming vineyards organically in 1979 and has converted hundreds of acres in Sonoma


• The vineyard expert was instrumental in getting the Moon Mountain District AVA designated as an appellation in 2013; he was well acquainted with its volcanic rocky soils after farming in the region for decades


• The winery also has access to grapes that are in very limited supply, including Grenache from the historic Rossi Ranch and Cabernet from Napa's Oakville Ranch


• All the wines are made with native yeasts


• The brand celebrates its personal and hippie vibe, selling tie dye teeshirts (and wine) as a benefit for disaster recovery after the recent fires in Sonoma County; another benefit featured Wavy Gravy, clown of the hippies


• The winery's bottle label was designed by Stanley Mouse, album designer for Grateful Dead, Steve Miller and more


• Playfully the wine club is called "Phil Sent Me"


• In 2019, the winery received a prestigious "Great Wine" designation from Slow Wine for its 2014 estate Zinfandel (84 cases made)


• The winery also created a second label, A Deux Tetes, in 2019, devoted solely to Grenache; it's a collaboration with Phil Coturri and renowned southern Rhone winemaker Philippe Cambie


• Collectively the two have grown grapes (Coturri) or blended wine (Cambie) for 27 100-point scoring wines


• Their 2018 inaugural vintage wine, a rosé (50 cases) debuted in 2019; two Grenache wines are set to release in 2020


Organic vineyard case production 


300 (out of 300)


Certified


Vineyards, various dates, CCOF


EXTRAS


• Audio interview with Phil Coturri

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Zinfandel


MORE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Grenache

• Rosé

• Zinfandel-Dos Lemones


A DEUX TETES


Certified Organic Grapes


Releasing in 2020

• Grenache-Oakville (2018)

• Grenache-Rossi Ranch (2018)


WINE NOTES


The spectacularly vibrant, Bandol style 2018 A Deux Tetes Grenache Rosé (95 cases, $49), is a complex symphony of peach, stone fruit, and savory flavors, topped off with a sought after licorice note. 


The 2018 Muchas Piedras Field Blend  (100 cases, $NA) offers up spicy red cherries and mouthwatering tannins. 


The ageworthy, field blend 2014 Homage to Val Rossi  (200 cases, $64) (75% Grenache) is gamey and sauvage—best drunk after a few years of cellaring. 

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$35 

Seated tasting with owner (by appt.)


Winery Sixteen 600 

589 1st St W. 

Sonoma, CA 95476


707.721.1805


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Audio

Podcast Interview with Phil Coturri