Sonoma County's Marimar Torres Estate, based in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley appellation, is expanding into the production of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with the purchase of 180 acres of fallow pastureland that will be converted to vineyards.
The property, about 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean, straddles both the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations, but all of the prime land is in the Sonoma Coast. Next spring, estate owner Marimar Torres plans to plant about 20 acres of Pinot Noir, which should yield about 5,000 cases per year by 2004.
Torres currently produces about 15,000 cases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 60-acre Don Miguel Vineyard in Green Valley. The new vineyard will be called DoRa Margarita in honor of Torres' mother.
"The interesting thing is that there's about a five to 10 degree difference in temperature between the properties," said Torres. "They're only about 4 or 5 miles away, and there's an incredible difference. We originally thought of trying Syrah, but I don't think [the temperatures are] warm enough to ripen it. So we'll only grow Pinot Noir."
Many of California's best Pinot Noirs come from the Sonoma Coast, including bottlings from Flowers, Kistler and Marcassin.
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