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Alysian Wines offer an enchanting expression of very special vineyards, crafted with the level of perception that can only develop over years of mutual receptivity between winemaker and terroir. They are entering two of their Pinot Noir top of the line wines from the Russian River region.
The gentle hills of Russian River Valley offer a wide variety of soil structures and aspects, and the cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean makes the region one of the world’s most ideal spots for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Alysian wines come from the finest Russian River Valley estates, where meticulous clonal selection and vineyard cultivation have resulted in the unsurpassed reputation of properties like Allen, Cresta Ridge, Floodgate, Hallberg, Starr Ridge and Rochioli Vineyards.
Gary Farrell has been making wines from many of these distinctive sites for nearly three decades, and his intimate knowledge of their terroir allows him to designate micro-climates where grapes develop their most distinctive expression. Vintage by vintage, Alysian wines will highlight exceptional blocks of these amazing vineyards, for wines that capture the imagination with endless allure.
Floodgate Vineyard is located in the heart of Russian River Valley’s most coveted Pinot Noir sub-appellation known as the Middle Reach. It is here where the region’s most prestigious vineyards reside. This is one of our estate properties, and the future home of our new production facility. Block 4 (planted in 1971) is one of the oldest known plantings of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. Though producing less than one ton per acre, winemaker Gary Farrell insists the vineyard be preserved; not only for its historical significance, but the astounding wine quality produced from these old vines. Visit Alysian Wines