All of the grapes for our wines are sourced from our Peterson Vineyard alongside River Road or our higher elevation Cortada Alta Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) appellation.
Our namesake Peterson Vineyard consists of 7.8 acres planted to Pinot Noir clones 828, 667, 05, 115 and 777 and 2.0 acres of Chardonnay planted to Hyde clone. The vineyard has a perfect South East exposure overlooking the Salinas River Valley and benefits from the unique SLH terroir. The Santa Lucia Highlands offer a cool, ocean influenced climate, with morning fog burning off to midday sun and cooling afternoon winds. The overall climactic combination results in an especially long growing season that allows the grapes to fully develop and attain maximum potential. Pinot Noir thrives in this environment, as does Chardonnay.
During 2014-2017 we planted additional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Viognier vines on our higher elevation property in the Santa Lucia Highlands and had our first limited production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah from this vineyard with the 2016 vintage. We have named the new vineyard Cortada Alta to reflect its high elevation location just below the notch in the SLH appellation map (Cortada Alta is Spanish for "high notch"). The 2016 Cortada Alta Vineyard Pinot Noir is our first release of wine produced from Cortada Alta fruit.