Sonoma Coast AVA | Organic Overview

AVA Essentials

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AVA Essentials

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• The Sonoma Coast AVA is the largest AVA in Sonoma, extending over 500,000 acres of the coast (with 2,000 acres in vines) and inland to downtown Sonoma and south to San Pablo Bay


• Sonoma Coast AVA has the coolest weather of all of the 18 Sonoma AVAs


• The current Sonoma Coast AVA includes portions of Carneros, Chalk Hill, Fort Ross-Seaview, Green Valley, Petaluma, Russian River Valley, and Sonoma Valley 


• A new West Sonoma Coast AVA is expected to be approved in 2019 that will contain only the coastal areas


• Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the primary varieties, along with cool climate Syrah


• Estate wineries with organic vines: 5


• Organic acreage: 118

Wineries

Tasting Rooms & Events

AVA Essentials

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Tasting Rooms & Events

Tasting Rooms & Events

Tasting Rooms & Events

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GLEN ELLEN

Walk in or by appt.

Benziger Family Winery


SONOMA

By appt.

Canihan Wines

Organic Vines: Acres

Organic Vines: Varieties

Tasting Rooms & Events

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1. Peay Vineyards: 52

2. Radio-Coteau: 22

3. Benziger Family Winery-De Coelo: 22

4. Canihan Wines: 15

5. Idell Family Vineyards: 7

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

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• Cabernet Franc

• Chardonnay

• Pinot Noir

• Syrah

• Zinfandel

Organic Vines: Cases

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

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1. Peay Vineyards: 4,000

2. Benziger Family Winery: 1,700 

3. Canihan Wines: 1,500

4. Radio-Coteau: 660 

5. Idell Family Vineyards: 350

Canihan Wines | Sonoma Coast AVA | Sonoma

Overview

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Location


• Sources its red wine grapes from its 15 acres of dry farmed, organic vines in the southern part of the town of Sonoma; also buys white wine grapes from a Sonoma Valley grower 


• The wines are made locally


• The tasting room is a barn on the vineyard site


Best known for


• Family owned, artisanal producer in Sonoma since 1994 making small lots of fine wines


• Produces four estate wines  from certified organic vines ($25-75)


• Founded by proprietor and winemaker Bill Canihan, the winery is a tribute to his Swiss born grandfather's dream of having a winery in California


• Canihan's father bought the 20 acre property in 1973 from a Basque farmer, planting its first vines in 1998; the winery won a Double Gold medal in its first vintage


• The vines are dry farmed; the wines are made with native yeasts


• Canihan released its first Cabernet Franc in a decade, a 2016 vintage, in 2018


• Its wines are found in many fine dining restaurants in Sonoma (including the Girl and the Fig) and elsewhere


Organic vineyard case production


1,500 (out of 1,600 total) 


Certified


Estate vineyards, organic, 2009, CCOF


EXTRAS


• Video

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Cabernet Franc

• Pinot Noir (2)

• Rosé

• Syrah 

Contact

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$30

 Vineyard tour and tasting (by appt.)

Tours: April through October


Canihan Family Winery

1340 Napa Rd.

Sonoma, CA 95476


415.990.9270


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Idell Family Vineyards | Sonoma Coast & Sonoma Valley AVAs | Sonoma

Overview

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Location


• Sources grapes for current release wines entirely from its 7 acres of vineyards


• The wines are made locally


Best known for


• Celebrated under the radar grower producing small lots of wines from its estate vines; it's known for Chardonnay from the Michael Mara vineyard


• Makes four wines from certified vines ($35-45)


• Proprietors Richard and Susan Idell bought the property in 2005, intending to enjoy it purely as a residence


• During escrow, it was discovered that previously unenforced county regulations required the property to conform to the Williamson Act, meaning the land had to be used for agriculture and to be profitable


• At the same time, one of Napa's top vineyard managers and winemakers, Steve Matthiasson, was looking for a great spot to grow Chardonnay; friends connected the two and the Matthiassons and Idells partnered on a six acre project they named the Michael Mara Vineyard


• The name comes from the Idell's adult childen's names


•  The soils are a unique mix of rocks, red soil and volcanic dust, that slid off nearby hills long ago; the soils were so rocky that many tilling implements broke during the initial planting 


• The Idells also planted a half acre of vines to a field blend, as an homage to Sonoma's historic "mixed blacks" vineyards


• The couple also has a third of an acre of Syrah vines 


• Brad Smith, originally mentored by  Steve Matthiasson, makes the wines; Matthiasson also makes a Chardonnay under his own Matthiasson Winery label (based in Napa)


• Co-located in both the Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Valley appellations, the winery uses the Sonoma Coast appellation for its white wines (under the Idell Family Vineyards name) and the Sonoma Valley appellation for its red wines (under their Oscar label)


• The Idells also sell Chardonnay to five other small vintners, including Broc Cellars, Iconic, Maitre-De-Chai, and Scholium Project, as well as Ultramarine, which makes a sparkling wine from the Chardonnay grapes


Organic (transition) vineyard case production


400 (out of 400 total)


Certified


Vineyard, in transition to organic certification, anticipated 2019, CCOF

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Grapes In Transition to Organic Certification (Year 3 of 3) (Anticipated 2019)


Idell Family Vineyards

Sonoma Coast AVA: 

• Chardonnay-Michael Mara


Oscar Wines

Sonoma Valley AVA

 Red Blend-Mixed Blacks

 Syrah


MORE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


Sonoma Valley AVA

• Zinfandel-Hamel Family 

Contact

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Wines are sold on the winery's website.


Idell Family Vineyards
Sonoma, California


707.938.7765


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