The Alexander Valley AVA sits at the top of Sonoma County with about 15,000 acres of much prized vineyards. Within the 76,000 total acres of this AVA, there are a variety of microclimates supporting a substantial range of grape varieties. While Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme on the gravelly terrain of the valley floor, the Alexander Valley AVA also produces notable Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Just enough coastal fog finds its way up the Russian River Valley to create cool evening and morning conditions. This, however, gives way to hot mid-day temperatures in what is overall a relatively warm growing area.
|Picket Fence wines grew out of a desire to create handcrafted wines that reflect the awe-inspiring appeal of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. This spectacular region is a place of unparalleled beauty with unique growing conditions and vineyards. It is the coolest appellation in Sonoma County with diverse soils and microclimates owing to its tumultuous geological history.
In the summer evenings a thick fog pours into the valley, sometimes dropping the temperature 40 degrees; then steadily retreats to the nearby coast by mid-morning leaving sunlit days. These specific climate conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly having long hang time on the vine which allows full, rich flavors to develop. These make for some of the best conditions recognized for growing world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. When we decided to make a wine together, we embraced the Russian River Valley as our winemaking home.
Expertly grown and harvested, our grapes are a true expression of the soil and climate that specifically defines Russian River Valley. Created in small lots, Picket Fence Chardonnay and Pinot Noir celebrate our passion for the Russian River Valley and our sentiment that wine is a way of bringing family and friends together.