Fred and Wendy Nunes combine a passion for growing Pinot Noir with a comprehensive knowledge of their vineyard and the science that drives it. The vineyard is divided into ten microclimate blocks and harvested specifically each year for the style of wine each winemaker makes.
Nunes Vineyard occupies the last of an alluvial bench in the middle region of the Russian River Valley, where summer fog rolls in from the coast and bumps against the eastside hills, making it perfect for growing Pinot Noir grapes. The land is ancient riverbed, a barely sloped 43 acres of shallow clay loam, and the grapes are cane pruned on a split vertical trellis. The sun usually breaks first over this vineyard leaving it ringed by fog and creating a mesoclimate slightly more temperate than many other areas of the appellation. Over the years, the vineyard has often been warmer during cold spikes, and cooler during heat spikes than many other vineyards in the area. The natural air conditioning allows the grapes to retain their acid, but the growing season tends to be earlier and longer.
Planted Acres - Thirty Six
Varietals - Pinot Noir