Our Laurelwood District AVA series concludes with a Pinot noir made with fruit from self-rooted Pommard vines planted in 1976. (Click here if you haven’t yet see our Laurelwood District AVA infographic and introductory article.) Ron & Joanne Johnson purchased the initial 5-acre property in 1973 and began planting their vineyard with help from Ron’s father Al. Over the years the vineyard grew to a 60-acre estate. Eventually, son Kevin took over the family grape-growing business and, in 2007, began making wine with some of their fruit.
These old vines contribute a richness and texture not found in wine made from younger vines. Combined with acidity and earthy notes, this Pinot noir offers a glimpse into the future of what’s possible in the Laurelwood District appellation!