Take a tour of our vineyards and you'll will see the miracle that is the northern California microclimate. Oakley, home of our ancient vines grapes, is only 40 miles from Sonoma County, and significantly warmer. The Carneros Valley vineyards in Sonoma County get cool nights and mornings, and warm afternoons. A few miles away, in our Sonoma Coast vineyards, the ever-present morning fog leads and chilly nights, and more abundant rain, create the ideal weather for varietals like Pinot Noir.
With a fervent devotion to the long-term health and vitality of the land, Fred Cline has developed a method of soil management called Green String. Pest and weed control employ helpful insects and animals instead of toxic chemicals. Careful crop management can mean smaller harvests but ultimately higher fruit intensity and flavor. And, as with weather, the soils in our various vineyards can range from clay to a sandy loam.
Harvest To Bottle
Each harvest is carefully hand-picked at the peak of ripeness. Once the grapes arrive at the winery, they are gently de-stemmed and crushed. The juice is stored in a temperature-controlled environment during fermentation, in either American or French oak for some varietals, un-oaked for others. Each wine is carefully aged and crafted to emphasize its characteristics, quirks and signature. A deep respect for each wine’s origins is the result of Fred Cline’s childhood days, learning old-school winemaking from his Italian grandfather.