Lula Cellars Estate Vineyard
In September of 2012, we purchased a beautiful 22-acre property on Hwy 128, in the area of the Anderson Valley known as the “Deep-End.” The term “Deep-End” comes from the gradual downhill angle that the valley takes and the cooling effect that this lower area has on grape growing. Our vision was to develop 3 separate 5-acre plantings with a variety of Pinot Noir clones. With the final planting completed in spring 2017, we now have 14 acres of Pinot Noir and 1 acre of Gewurztraminer. On this unique yet compact vineyard, there are varying elevations and soils that will produce distinct Pinot Noir fruit throughout the 14 acres. Add to this the variety of clones planted, it equals endless possibilities for creating remarkable and very distinctive Pinot Noir wines.
The Costa Vineyard was planted in 1998, in the mountain town of Comptche. Comptche is located ten miles due east of the coastal town of Little River, and is at the 600 foot elevation. Sixty five percent of the five acre Pinot Noir vineyard is planted with the Pommard clone; the remaining thirty five percent is planted with the Dijon #115 clone. Because of the mountain location the grape tonnage yields are low, and never exceed two tons of fruit per acre. The afternoon marine influence slows the ripening of the fruit, so harvest usually takes place in the latter part of October. The Pommard clone provides a great foundation of fruit flavors that we build on, and the addition of the Dijon #115 clone gives the finished wine its wonderful aromatics!
The Peterson Vineyard, located a mile away from the Costa Vineyard, was planted in 2000. This outstanding eight acre vineyard has four different Pinot Noir clones. There are two acres each of Pommard, Dijon #115, Dijon #777 and the Dijon #667 clones. Because of the mountain location, the grape tonnage yields are low, and never exceed two tons of fruit per acre. The afternoon marine influence slows the ripening of the fruit, so harvest usually takes place in the latter part of October. The wines made from this vineyard are darker in color and a bit more full-bodied than the wines made from Costa fruit.