Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Raising a Glass to Sonoma's Latest Biodynamic Vineyard - Westwood Achieves Demeter Certification

Congratulations to the newest Demeter certified vineyard in California - Westwood.

After three years of growing grapes according to Biodynamic farming standards, Westwood's 22 acre vineyard in the unique Annadel Gap site (in the Sonoma Valley AVA) was certified Biodynamic this week.

The winery is devoted to Rhone varietals, making a Rhone blend called Legend, and Pinot Noir, growing 9 different Pinot clones on 13 acres. The property is at the north end of the Valley of the Moon.

Winemaker Ben Cane makes all of the wines on native yeast.

The winery has an impressive track record in competitions, winning the 2016 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Best Red, Best of Sonoma County and Best of the Best awards for its 2014 Clone 37 Pinot.

While Oregon boasts an extensive number of Biodynamically grown Pinot Noir, to date Sonoma has had only a few great Biodynamically grown Pinots - Porter Creek comes to mind, along with Littorai's Mays Canyon (a single vineyard designate from the Porter Bass vineyard). Both vineyards are located in the Russian River Valley AVA.

Great Biodynamic Rhones in the region have been coming from the Dry Creek Valley AVA where Quivira and Preston Farm & Winery.

I visited in March and wrote this piece about Westwood and the winery.

You can schedule a visit to taste the wines yourself at the winery's tasting room in downtown Sonoma.

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