High in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side of Mt. Veeder, more than 1,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley, Moon Mountain Vineyard offers some of the most difficult winegrowing conditions in California. The steep south-facing slopes, punctuated by volcanic rock outcroppings, consist of thin, well-drained soils derived from volcanic ash and lava. Situated well above the fog line, the vineyard receives generous sunshine late into the afternoon. This combination of frugal soils and warm, sunny microclimate stresses the vines to produce rich rewards: small crops of superbly concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes.
Organic farming keeps the vines in balance and healthy, while enhancing the grapes' flavors. Harvested at full maturity, the grapes receive meticulous care in the winery, including slow aging in small oak barrels in mountainside caves and careful blending to achieve mouth-filling flavors of black cherry and currant fruit, complemented by subtle spice and toast complexity.
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The 2006 Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows off richly layered aromas and deep, velvety flavors filled with black cherry and cassis character. Bittersweet chocolate and smoky spice nuances add complexity to the rich, dark fruit expression. Supple tannins structure the wine and support... more
Bright and focused, 2006 Moon Mountain Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc captures the vibrant layers of citrus and tropical fruit that this grape variety achieves in Sonoma County vineyards. The wine's refreshing aromas of citrus, lychee and kiwi fruit mingle with elusive hints of meadow grass and... more
The grapes for Moon Mountain's 2005 Sonoma County Chardonnay were fermented in a combination of
French oak and stainless steel. Each component was aged for 8 months. Partial malolactic
fermentation was encouraged to soften the acidity and add complexity. The barrel-fermented
portion was aged sur... more
Crisp acidity is at the forefront of our 2005 Sauvignon Blanc, followed by refreshing flavors of citrus, gooseberry and a hint of kiwi. Made to be consumed upon release, this is a wine that is delicious on its own, and will also pair well with a variety of dishes, including grilled spiced chicken,... more
This wine offers rich flavors of cassis and mocha enhanced by smoky notes. The velvety mouthfeel and long, elegant finish add style to this classic Cabernet Sauvignon, which is perfect for pairing with herb-crusted roasted rack of lamb, grilled rib eye steak and hearty cheeses. more
The 2004 Moon Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay from Sonoma County shows intense aromas of apple pie and spice, while delicate nuances of vanilla from oak aging add complexity and richness. Mouthfilling flavors of pear and citrus are complemented by refreshing acidity. Lightly oaked, the wine shows the... more
Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
The fruit for Moon Mountain 2004 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% estate grown, hand harvested and field sorted into small bins. Fermentation took place in open-topped tanks, with each lot handled... more
This wine is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It offers rich flavors of cassis and mocha enhanced by smoky notes. The velvety mouthfeel and long, elegant finish add style to this classic Cabernet Sauvignon, which is perfect for pairing with herb... more
A Bordeaux-style blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon,
15% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot.
This boldly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon is rich in mountain-blackberry and ripe-currant flavors accented by hints of wild Sonoma sage, cedar and roasted coffee. Pair this wine with... more
The fruit for our Moon Mountain 2003 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% estate grown, hand harvested and field sorted into small bins. Fermentation took place in open-topped tanks, with each lot handled separately. The wine is 100% free run (the juice that flows freely from the grapes without... more