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Spring Ridge Vineyards

The vineyards lie over porous 1-3 million year old sedimentary rock at variable depth, at a site geographically midway between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. Because subsurface water is readily available during the growing season (the property is named Spring Ridge for a reason), the vineyards historically have been dry-farmed, although the drip irrigation system used to establish new plantings was helpful during the recent drought.  The vineyards are unfertilized, and no insecticides are used.  The site reliably provides ample acidity.

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Hidden

Hidden was the first Pinot Noir block planted, in 1997, on 3 acres at a location separate from the main vineyard ridge, thus the name.  It is the only north-facing vineyard block on the property, and at 730 to 690 ft. is approximately the same elevation as the Chardonnay Bee Block but with a different orientation.  Dijon 115 clone was grafted in the field onto 5C rootstock. 

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Upper Picnic

Upper Picnic comprises the 2 acres immediately above Picnic Block on the east-facing slope at 660 to 645 ft. elevation.  In 2006, Dijon 777 clone was used as in the Picnic Block, but was grafted onto the established rootstock from the original Gewurztraminer planting, making the vines now 37 years old.

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Picnic

Picnic is comprised of 2 acres planted in 2000 on the lowest east-facing slope at 645 to 600 ft. elevation, replacing the original Gewurztraminer planting.  These Dijon 777 clone 5C rootstock vines are now 17 years old.

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Home

is a 2 acre east-facing slope at 840 to 805 ft. elevation, located just below the main residence built in 1912.  The vines are 37 years old, probably clone 4 and own-rooted.

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Ampitheater

Ampitheater is a 2 acre L-shaped south- and east- facing slope at 780 to 735 ft. elevation, probably Wente clone

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Bee

Bee is the largest block at 3.5 acres, facing slightly north of east at 735 to 670 ft. elevation, with sedimentary rock farthest from the surface.  Massal selection from Home Block (clone 4) was grafted on 5c rootstock 36 years ago.