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Vineyard

Reuling Vineyard is located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, just outside the town of Forestville. Upon purchasing the property in 1998, the Reulings recognized the potential of turning a neglected apple orchard into a high quality vineyard. Planted in 2000, Reuling Vineyard has developed into one the premier Pinot Noir & Chardonnay properties of California. Comprised of 12.2 acres of Pinot Noir, three clones comprise the blend—Calera, and two different “suitcase” clones from the Vosne-Romanée region of Burgundy. There are also 2.2 acres of Chardonnay from clones of the famed Montrachet vineyard in Burgundy.

The vineyard is situated in a ‘banana belt’ that has proved ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. Facing west and perched at an elevation of 250 feet, it benefits from the cool marine influences converging from the coast, yet is exposed to and retains the sun for just enough time that the grapes are able to ripen earlier than most neighboring vineyards. The sandy Goldridge soils that make up the vineyard floor are ideally suited to these varieties, naturally stressing the vines which results in low yields and concentrated flavors.

For the past nine years, the grapes from Reuling Vineyard have created some of the most critically acclaimed Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the country, including wine produced by Aubert and Peter Michael.

In April 2013, Reuling Vineyard launched its own label to great acclaim — releasing the first vintage (2011) of its eponymous Pinot Noir and a 2012 Pinot Rose under the direction of winemaker, Matt Taylor. Reuling Vineyard debuted its own Chardonnay in the spring of 2014.

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