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Yes, There is a Redhead
...for whom this vineyard is named. But she's not the only reason. Acquired by Fife Vineyards in August 1996, this vineyard is on flaming-red soil on benchland known as the Ricetti Bench, an area known for over a century as one of the prime places in Mendocino County to grow Petite Syrah and Zinfandel. At 1200 feet elevation, the Redhead Vineyard overlooks Lake Mendocino to the south, and a gentle slope into the beautiful Redwood Valley to the north. A truly beautiful site. The property includes a small winery surrounded by our dry-farmed, certified-organic vineyard planted exclusively to reds, head-trained Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, two of the county's most successful varieties.
Our winemaking philosophy is simple: obtain grapes with personality, handle them minimally, and then focus on blending to bring out nuance and character in the wine. We depend upon the vineyard to create the fruit, the density and the concentration. In the winemaking process we seek to assure balance, elegance, texture and length of flavor.
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...Read More About Russian River
Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...Read More About Zinfandel
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