SUTRO is a limited production of premium terroir-driven wine by Alice Warnecke Sutro and Eliot Sutro located on Chalk Hill Road in the Alexander Valley, Sonoma County. Our wines are a true expression of the place that holds our hearts where Alice grew up and where we now raise our kids: Warnecke Ranch. The vineyards are planted on pure Sonoma Volcanic bedrock with Spreckels loam soils, the rows running along the ridges and foothills of the Mayacama Mountains, down to the narrow Russian River valley as it makes its big bend before heading west to the town of Healdsburg. It is the most exciting spot on the river, where 5 million years ago headward erosion combined with volcanic activity captured the stream flow that used to continue on its way straight south to the San Francisco Bay, redirecting the flows of the Russian River westward. The grapes grown here benefit from peak summer heat regularly punctuated by coastal fog that streams in nightly long the river corridor, making for highly sought after growing conditions with slow ripening over an extended period during which time nuanced Cabernet aromas and flavors have time to develop while the tannins soften out. Our philosophy of minimal intervention winemaking combined with restrained use of new oak allows the quality of the grapes to shine through in the glass.
Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard
Grapes sourced from historic Warnecke Ranch are the primary ingredient for the reliably high quality of SUTRO wines. The beauty of the site and the superior wine grape growing are a reflection of Margo Warnecke Merck's dedication and hard work as Vineyard Manager and Managing Partner for Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard, a family owned and operated business since 1911. Alice Warnecke Sutro is the first of her family to produce vineyard designate wines from Warnecke Ranch under the label SUTRO.
Please check the Warnecke Ranch website to learn more about its activities and sustainable winegrape growing practices certified by Fish Friendly Farming and Lodi Rules since 2011 - California's original sustainable viticulture program.
Sourced from the original 45+ year old block situated at the foot of landmark Chalk Hill, the dry-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon vines with their deep roots and gnarled wood produce a scant 2 tons to the acre, lending remarkable concentration to the fruit.
|| Elevation 260 ft. || Lat. 38.608, Long. -122.7785 || 8x12 ft. spacing || 545 vines per acre || Simple Curtain/California Sprawl trellis || Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on AXR-1 & St. George || planted 1973
Along the ridge that runs from Chalk Hill to the Russian River is the steeply terraced Merlot block. Alice and Eliot made their first small-lot wines from this fruit eight years ago and continue to seek its balanced fruit emblematic of the naturally low yielding vines and great exposure that characterize this site.
|| Elevation 260 ft. || Lat. 38.608, Long. -122.7785 || 6x8 ft. spacing || 908 vines per acre || VSP/Cordon trellis || Clone 15 Merlot on 101-14 || planted 2004
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