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Unturned Stone, Spider Chase, Waterhorse Ridge Vineyard

Waterhorse Ridge Vineyard is located in the cool, Fort Ross-Seaview appellation, 1700 feet high on Stewart Ridge and with views of the Pacific Ocean to the west. Jesus Velasquez and Patricia Greer planted these 2 acres and farm them organically. There is an old horse and burrow grazing in the vineyard to keep the cover crop in check. Bordeaux varieties are rare for this area, where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir currently dominate. This was Randy and Erin’s first vineyard and aligns with their sense of adventure. Hand harvest and de-stemmed. Maceration and natural fermentation for about 20 days in 1.5 ton bins. Elevage for 12 months in neutral oak. with a third of the wine maturing for the last 10 months in a four year old puncheon. Minimal SO2 added just prior to bottling. Unfined and unfiltered.

Erin and Randy founded Unturned Stone in 2010 and are dedicated to producing natural, delicious wine in California. They source only organically farmed fruit from Sonoma and Mendocino counties. They bottle all of their wines as vineyard designates, to honor the unique origin of each wine, and to respect the farmer responsible for growing that fruit. They believe good wine is grown rather than made and see themselves as custodians of that process. Their aim is to produce wines that are fun to drink and reflect the laid back nature of the North Coast. Unturned Stone is a metaphor for how Randy and Erin approach their lives, their relationship and their winemaking, with curiosity and adventure. Essentially, it comes down to discovering the stone not yet turned.

Winemaker: Erin Mitchell & Randy Czech
Country: USA
Region: Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma
Type: Red
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming: Organic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted in 1997
Production: Around 2000 cases
Soil: Well drained loam from ancient ocean floor sediments and basalts