In 1988 owners Lester and Linda Schwartz purchased a section of virgin forest and grasslands in the high coastal ridges of the Sonoma coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Told by
In 1988 owners Lester and Linda Schwartz purchased a section of virgin forest and grasslands in the high coastal ridges of the Sonoma coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Told by academics that it was too risky plant a vineyard on these cool, foggy coastal ridges so close to the Ocean they were undeterred. After experimenting for several years with assorted clones, rootstocks and trellising systems they concluded that the property had the potential to grow exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
With its marine sedimentary soils, long, bright sunny days, gentle sea breezes, fog, and cool maritime-climate, these steep coastal ridges have become one of the most highly prized cool-climate growing regions in California. Today, Lester and Linda work closely with Jeff Pisoni, who came to Fort Ross as winemaker in 2009. They regularly walk the vineyard, making viticultural decisions and ultimately determining when best to harvest each block. The approach to winemaking at Fort Ross is gentle and minimalistic, as the aim is to produce exceptional wines that truly express the terroir and topography of this unique coastal vineyard. The vision is to create wines that reveal their fruit with elegant structure, balance and finesse.
We are scheduling a Zoom with winemaker Jeff Pisoni and his selections to hear him speak about his minimalist approach to making complex wines!
If you would like to order a set of these bottles to enjoy during the call, we will include a 4-pack of REpour wine preservers, so you can save what you don’t enjoy that night for another day. The total cost of the pack and REpours is $175.
Happy Hour with Jeff
Friday, July 10th, 2020
4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
You are more than welcome to join our call without buying the wines. Please RSVP to receive a link to the Zoom.
2017 Sea Slopes Chardonnay – $24/bottle
90 Points – Wine Advocate
Golden Delicious apple, sliced pear, white blossoms and baker’s yeast. Light to medium-bodied, it offers fresh fruit flavors with honeyed accents, juicy acidity and a long flavorful finish.
2016 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir –$30/Bottle
92 Points/Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast
This is an impressive selection from Winemaker Jeff Pisoni. A hint of forest-floor spice and strong flavors of dark cherry and orange combine on a light, silky texture. This offers a great sense of finesse within a framework of structure and freshness.
92 Points – James Suckling
A vibrant, red-fruited style of pinot that has a wealth of gently grippy tannins and a convincingly long palate that holds a clear, juicy finish.
2017 Fort Ross Chardonnay – $40/Bottle
94 Points – Wine Spectator
Powerful and rich, with intense, juicy flavors.
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast
This crisp white offers flavors of spicy pear, citrus and marshmallow, a yin-yang complementary palate.
2016 Fort Ross Pinot Noir – $46/Bottle
93 Points – Wine Advocate
Wonderful nose of potpourri, tangerine peel… with a silky texture, concentrated red fruits.
93 Points – Wine Spectator
Finely textured, concentrated flavors of raspberry, plum and red currant, vibrant and well-focused, svelte and direct style.
2014 Fort Ross Pinotage – $50/Bottle
90 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
Terriffic…Outstanding black cherries, graphite…layered texture, terrific balance and a great finish. Hats off to winemaker Jeff Pisoni for making a truly outstanding Pinotage.
“I’m not trying to make a style. Fort Ross Vineyard is the style. The fruit lends a certain weight and depth to the wine while the cool climate produces the beauty and elegance.”
– Jeff Pisoni, Winemaker
(Friday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm