St. Rose Winery & Distillery is located in the middle of Nunes Vineyard, which is closest to the Santa Rosa Plain area of the Russian River Valley. In 2000, Fred and Wendy Nunes planted these ten blocks of Pinot Noir in the ancient riverbed that was once Fred's grandfather’s ranch. It's a marble cake of soils from pebbly sand to layers of shallow clay loam. Each block is distinctly different and the grapes are picked throughout them to match winemaker styles and maximize the characteristics of each clone every year.
While most of the fruit goes into vineyard designates for other wineries, Fred makes two estate wines under the St. Rose Pinot Noir label: Nunes Vineyard Ten Block is sampled from all ten blocks in the vineyard. Nunes Vineyard 777 is harvested from Geyser View and Big Barn blocks of clone 777. The two blocks are planted on the same SO4 rootstock but on opposite sides of the riverbed, one with 10 inches of clay loam soils, and the other with sandier alluvial soils. They also have different row orientations. The vintages are reflected in the wine, and they vary from delicate 13% alcohol styles to more opulently layered wines.
Fred’s desire to produce the best fruit possible led him to winemaking and St. Rose Winery was launched in 2004, producing between 100-200 cases annually of Pinot Noir from Nunes Vineyard. A few years later, Fred added an alembic copper pot still, which brought him back to his original vision, a fine brandy made from Nunes Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Varietals - Pinot Noir