Salt Point

  • Location: Sonoma Coast
  • Elevation: 1300-1500 feet
  • Proximity to the Pacific Ocean: 3.05 miles
  • Row Orientation: Graveyard Block North/South,  Mother Block East/West
  • Clones: Pinot Noir (unknown) Own Rooted & Dry Farmed
  • Soil: Graveyard Block Sandstone, Mother Block Goldridge
  • Vine age: 47 years, planted in 1972

In 2018 George & Nikki Bohan approached me and asked if I would be interested in a collaboration as they intended on replanting the first vineyard block that George’s father had installed in 1972, having had it succumb to virus.  I was ecstatic as I knew that it meant that I could finally propagate some special Chardonnay plant material that I had carried back from Burgundy with many years prior.  2021 marks the first vintage of this new vineyard block, aptly named Salt Point as it is one of the closest blocks to the Pacific Ocean and the block resembled a point. Salt Point State Park and beach are also very close neighbors to the property and the beach creates fascinating and rare rock formations called Tafoni.  Being a rock lover, the name aptly spoke to me as it also describes the salty character to this mineral laced Chardonnay.