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Tales From Pine Mountain AVA

Francis Ford Coppola Chooses Pine Mountain Appellation Fruit for "Best Foot Forward" Wines

Lise Asimont, Director of Grower Relations at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, discusses the unique growing conditions in Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA, and why Cabernet Sauvignon grown at 2200ft elevation at Silverwood Ranch is such a stellar match for their premium winemaking program.

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In The News

Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA Hosts Official Judges Welcome Reception
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition | 2017
Falcons, Drones, Data: A Winery Battles Climate Change
New York Times | 2017
Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak Pictures of SF Chronicle Wine Competition Reception
C. R. Kurnick | 2017
Offbeat Grapes Making Their Way in American Vineyards
Chicago Tribune | 1/12/15
Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak AVA Prepares Vineyards for Winter Ahead
Wine Business | 10/27/14
Wine Crush Dodges Drought Threat
"Wines and Vines | 10/24/14"
Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA Exceeds Elevated Expectations
Virtual Strategy Magazine | 4/8/14
At BobDog Wines, A Hands-on Experience | 2/28/14 | Carey Sweet
Pine Mountain - Cloverdale Peak: Sonoma in the City in SOCAL | 1/29/14
Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak Elevating the Taste of Wine | 11/20/13
Imagery Estate Winery Brings Home Gold for Pine Mountain - Cloverdale Peak AVA
Digital Journal | 7/9/13
Jackson family buys into new AVA
The Drinks Business | 1/3/13
Virginie Boone discovers PM-CP
We’re bouncing up an old dirt fire road on Pine Mountain, somewhere northeast of the town of Cloverdale. Mark Burningham’s dog trots in front of our off-road vehicle on one of the last glorious October days of the year, and I’m trying to figure out which side of the Sonoma-Mendocino border we’re on...


Virginie Boone discovers PM-CP
The day started when I rolled out of bed at Madrona Manor in Healdsburg. In just under an hour I was to meet Barry Hoffner, President of the Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak Winegrowers Association for a tour of the new AVA...


Virginie Boone discovers PM-CP
Smart wineries are placing big bets [on PM-CP]. Jackson Family Wines has planted 130 acres right on top of Cloverdale Peak. Coppola is making a $65 Cabernet from Pine Mountain that it thinks of as its next Rubicon. Imagery Estate winemaker Joe Benziger calls a property there they don't even own "our flagship vineyard."...


Virginie Boone discovers PM-CP
For an area encompassing a vast 4,750 acres, only some 230 acres, a mere smidgen, is planted. The climate is marked by cool days and warm nights, resulting in plenty of all-day sunshine yet enough moderate temperature to let the grapes hang for a long time without getting burned...

READ ARTICLE article featuring PM-CP
High altitude isolation defines the newest grape-growing appellation in the North Bay, which has also forged a sense of community among those who live and work there.

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AVAs are made famous by the wines produced from the grapes grown there. It is no wonder, then, that the excitement is rising in the heights above Cloverdale in the northern reaches of Sonoma County, where wine titans Benziger Family, Kendall Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, along with other Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak winegrowers are focusing on highly-desirable mountain fruit.

Pine Mountain Vineyards lies at the center of the new Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA, with rocky soils, steep slopes and sun-drenched southwestern hillsides of the Mayacamas range. Famed viticulturalist Ulises Valdez discusses his passion for farming Cabernet Sauvignon at Pine Mountain Vineyards, situated at 2400ft elevation.

Winemaker Miro Tcholakov of MIRO Cellars discusses why he loves crafting wines from high elevation Cabernet Sauvignon grown at Silverwood Ranch, located in the new Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA.
See why InVino has chosen this wine for its members:
"When you’re looking for the kind of flavor-packing, palate-pleasing wine that can move mountains, your search ought to begin on the mountain itself..."

Wines & Vines writer Jane Firstenfeld takes a look at the release of the very first Pine Mountain designate wines and the newly-formed Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak Winegrowers association.

"The concept of a new, small, high-elevation, exclusive AVA with not a lot of acres planted and not a lot more to plant is alluring," said Mike Foster, owner of Tin Cross Vineyards.

Benziger Family, Imagery Estate award winning wines
Imagery Estate Winery, voted Sonoma County's best winery in 2013, the second year in a row, recently won a number of Gold Medals for wines made from premium wine grapes grown on their Upper Ridge Vineyard, including from from the Sunset International Wine Competition, the San Diego International Wine Competition, and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition.