The Sierra Nevada Foothills are certainly not the first to spring to mind when thinking about Pinot Noir in California, and yet our “Home Vineyard” has proved to offer a remarkable if unlikely microclimate and soil combination for the successful production of a distinctive, expressive rendition of this variety. By now, the Home Vineyard – located in Oregon House, California (Yuba County) – is 2.5 acres in size, comprising forty five hundred own-rooted Pinot Noir vines. It is planted on a gentle, well-drained, north-east facing slope at 1500-1600 ft altitude, in yellowish clay-loam topsoil on fractured granite and volcanic ash subsoil, sprinkled with fragments of granitic rocks and quartz. The virgin soil is pure, uncontaminated, alive with microorganisms and earthworms.
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