Perched on top of soaring coastal ridges that border the Pacific Ocean, Flowers’ estate vineyards were some of the first planted on the “extreme” Sonoma Coast (1991). Flowers’ vineyards rise up just two miles from the rugged Pacific Ocean cliffs at elevations of 1,150 to 1,875 feet. The maritime breezes and coastal fog cool the vineyards during the heat of summer allowing fruit to fully mature with fresh, complex flavors and lively acidity.
The ranch consists of 321 acres with a mere 33 acres planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At elevations ranging from 1150 to 1375 feet, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard straddles a ridgetop less than two miles from the Pacific. It is accessed only by a steep, winding, gravel drive that cuts in from the county road. The first Coastal Ridge, to the west, protects the vineyard from the cool Pacific Ocean fog. That same fog cools the vineyard during the long growing season due to the swale effect of the fog blanket. Camp Meeting Ridge truly is an ideal site in a cool climate, perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In all areas of Camp Meeting Ridge, vines struggle for water and nutrients which limits vine vigor, reduces yield and produces berries with concentrated flavors.
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