OBJECTIVE:  To grow high quality, low yield Pinot Noir grapes for the production of wines that speak to this site.

Appellation: Sonoma Coast  
Varieties: Pinot Noir ( 1.8 acres ). Planted in 1992, first commercial vintage in 1995.  
Rootstocks: 5C ( Medium Vigor, Phylloxera resistant, Low Drought Tolerance) SO4 (Medium Vigor, Phylloxera resistant, Low Drought Tolerance)  
Clones: Martini 13 and 15 (FPMS 13 and 15 Respectively) Replants of Pommard and Wadenswil  
Soils:

Alluvial fans of Goldridge Loam over fractured sandstone. Minor variability of soil depths and drainage. Topography is slightly sloping (3% to 5%) with a Westerly exposure.

 
Climate: Region I. Some threat of frost (no frost protection installed).  Warm summer days with cool overnight temperatures and morning fog (10:00 to 11:00 am burn off). Consistent afternoon breezes from the  West / Southwest. Annual Rainfall averages 36”.  
Average TPA: 2.4  
Average lbs./vine: 5.16  
Average Brix @ Harvest: 24.2 (some raisining will elevate tank levels).  
Harvest: Late September in an average year.  

Viticultural  Detail:

  • Vertically Shoot Positioned
  • 6’ x 8’ Spacing 
  • 30% oriented North/South, 70% East/West
  • Cane pruned to two shoots and two renewal spurs (20 to 26 buds)
  • Bud break mid-March; bloom from late May to mid-June
  • Shoot positioned and hedged when necessary
  • Mildew control consists of a rotation of sulfur, sterol inhibitors, and strobilurins when mildew pressure persists (average 14 to 21 day cycle). No sulfur applied after mid July
  • Drip irrigation (minimal since 2002)
  • Fertigation system for macronutrients
  • Foliar application for micronutrients
  • Netted to prevent bird loss
  • Failla Wines crafts an elegant Pinot Noir from Pearlessence fruit, www.faillawines.com
 
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