Without great vineyards, making great wines is simply impossible.
In our relentless pursuit of wines with balance, elegance, and purity, we have developed relationships with some of the most storied vineyards in Sonoma County and beyond to craft Banshee.
Our main focus for Pinot Noir is on the cool, rugged, coastal areas of the far Western Sonoma Coast. Each vineyard has a unique combination of a specific oceanic influence, soil type, elevation, age and exposure but the common thread is that they allow us to pursue Pinot that achieves power without weight. They allow the grapes to express a certain transparency. They highlight a wide range of flavors other than just fruit. Forest floor, pine, tea, mushroom, spice, minerals...
The remote Sonoma Coast doesn't tell the entire Banshee story, as choice sites elsewhere play an equally important role for us. Vineyards such as Tina-Marie and Alegria in Russian River and Sullivan on Sonoma Mountain each possess a uniqueness and grapes of superb quality that fall in line with our mission.
Outside of Sonoma County, and specifically in the chilly Anderson Valley appellation, we work with vineyards such as Blakeman and Broken Leg.
Our belief is that the best wines from California are yet to be made...and we plan on producing some of them.
Charles Heintz Vineyard is located just outside of the town of Occidental where Charlie’s family has farmed the land for over 100 years. Two ridges in, and only about 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Heintz has become one of the most famous Chardonnay sites in California. The Chardonnay from this vineyard develops slowly as foggy cool evenings slow down ripening significantly, especially at the end of the season. The soil is a classic sandy Goldridge loam. The resulting wines are prized for their layers of flavor and incredible depth, yet they also retain beautiful structural elements.
Planted in 1999, Rice-Spivak has become known as one of the top vineyards in the region for producing vibrant and vervy Pinot Noir. The north facing slopes lie in an extremely cool and low spot, south of the town of Sebastopol. This area lies in the northern channel of the Petaluma Gap, which ushers in cool air from the chilly Pacific in the late afternoons. The vineyard soil is laced with an unusual amount of volcanic ash which seems to add a unique structural element to the wine.
Straddling the Bennett Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVAs, Sullivan Vineyard encompasses eleven acres along a ridge at an elevation of 750-900 feet where the irregular folds and crevices of the mountain create a unique microclimate, ideal for cool climate Pinot Noir. The vineyard is streaked with a variety of well drained soil material including Sprekles clay and volcanic material.
Thorn Ridge Vineyard
Thorn Ridge vineyard is owned by legendary Sonoma grower Ted Klopp and located in the Sebastopol Hills sub-section of the proposed West Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard is bisected by a ridge top that creates two distinct aspects, one west facing and the other east facing. We source exclusively from the much cooler east facing slope that looks out on the Santa Rose basin, while the entire west slope goes to Kosta Browne. Within the east slope are 6 distinct blocks on Goldridge soils. We source a bit from each of the blocks to build the most complexity.
Tina Marie Vineyard
The Tina Marie Vineyard sits on just under ten beautifully manicured acres west of Graton, CA. Farmed by Ron Black, it is a high density planting with three clonal selections and meticulous vineyard practices. While other wineries who source from here label the wine as Russian River Valley we choose to categorize ours as Sonoma Coast (both are permitted) because stylistically we find ours has more in common with the racy, filigreed examples that the Coast allows. We are typically the first to harvest from Tina Marie.