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2019 Petite Sirah Fountaingrove District, Sonoma County, USA
Fountaingrove District, Sonoma County, USA
This Petite Sirah vineyard grows in the hills of Fountaingrove District AVA. Located on the historic area of northeastern Santa Rosa, the Fountaingrove District is inspired by the legacy of California's original "cult winery." There are 500 acres of vineyard in the 38,000-acre appellation and five wine producers in the Fountaingrove District, which became Sonoma County's 17th AVA in March, 2015., it is It is about 30 years old, grown on the wire, and from one of the UC Davis clones.
Tucked into central-eastern Sonoma County, the Fountaingrove District is surrounded by the Russian River Valley, Knights Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Napa Valley sub-appellations including the Spring Mountain District.
Viticulturally, it also fills the gap — classified as Warm Region II in the Winkler heat summation scale, it's more marine-influenced than Alexander Valley and areas of northern Napa Valley, but warmer than the Russian River Valley. The terrain is mainly rolling hills, with soils derived from Sonoma Volcanic and Franciscan Formation bedrock.
In 1875, enigmatic spiritualist cult leader Thomas Lake Harris moved from Brocton, New York, to set up a second, utopian colony on a 600-acre ranch north of Santa Rosa. Termed the "Eden of the West," Fountain Grove had impressive buildings, gardens, a winery, and extensive vineyards.
Harris' "Brotherhood of the New Life" maintained a wine shop in New York City and even exported wine to the British Isles. The winery was recognized as one of California's premiere producers both before and after Prohibition (when it was renamed Fountaingrove), thanks to winemaker Kanaye Nagasawa, once called the "Wine King" of California. But since the 1940s the historic winery has been left to the elements.
It's really a consistent producer of the highest quality grapes and we just can't get enough. I love making this wine and sharing it with friends and family. Everyone loves this rich, decadent wine, and so will you!! only 168 cases made. Enjoy, - Nancy